Lot: 32094th Tribal Art Auction
"Bwami" society mask "idimu"
D. R. Congo, Lega
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|H: 9.8 inch||
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wood, collection number "8342", base Probably a mask of the "idimu"- type (small residues of the always white painting still visible). Believed to represent the head of a lineage group, the "idimu" ornament is kept by the most respected, oldest member of the "yananio" and "kindi" initiation level. During major community performances, the "idimu" ornament is hung from a fence, surrounded by the smaller, personally owned "lukwakongo" masks, which all together represent the community of the "bwami" society.