Lot: 29195th Tribal Art Auction
D. R. Congo, Salampasu
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Ben Hirsch, Maastricht, The Netherlands||H: ca. 19.7 inch (with beard)||
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raffia ("mufuampo"), Traditionally, masks of the Salampasu belong to a broad range of male societies and associated initiation sub-societies. Most often masks are related to the so-called warriors society "mu(n)gongo", which served mainly to protect the Salampasu agianst invasions from rival clans or other external forces. To become a member of "mu(n)gongo", Salampasu boys must be circumcised and pass through its various initiation sub-societies. Each initiation sub-society has an associated mask type which the boys gain access to upon completing the initiation level and paying an initiation fee.