José Antonio Gracia Guerrero

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Initiation mask - LWALWA - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Offered in Catawiki's Ethnographic / Tribal art auction: Initiation mask - LWALWA - Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Salampasu exercised for a long time, an intense war [aganst] their neighbors and especially the Lunda [whom] they were forced to ask for help, a century later, in order to oppose and resist the Chokwe. Having to pay a tribute to their allies, the Salampasu formed armed groups who practiced their craft on a regular basis, such as hunting or agriculture..    the initiate ..can claim ..the mask corresponding to his grade..symbolizing the three levels of society: hunters, warriors and leader...

Salampasu exercised for a long time, an intense war [aganst] their neighbors and especially the Lunda [whom] they were forced to ask for help, a century later, in order to oppose and resist the Chokwe. Having to pay a tribute to their allies, the Salampasu formed armed groups who practiced their craft on a regular basis, such as hunting or agriculture.. the initiate ..can claim ..the mask corresponding to his grade..symbolizing the three levels of society: hunters, warriors and leader...

OLIFANT. Ivoire a tres belle patine rouge-orange. Il est sculpte au sommet d'une tete humaine Janus et sur sa surface de motifs geometriques. Congo. Longueur: 33 cm - Beaussant Lefèvre - 19/10/2011

OLIFANT. Ivoire a tres belle patine rouge-orange. Il est sculpte au sommet d'une tete humaine Janus et sur sa surface de motifs geometriques. Congo. Longueur: 33 cm - Beaussant Lefèvre - 19/10/2011