|Wood, matt brown patina, kaolin, characterized by large round eyes and an open mouth with visible teeth, pierced around the rim, dam., missing parts, traces of abrasion, cracks, on base; this mask comes from the eastern part of the area, occupied by the Kumu close to the Nyanga. It is said to represent an owl and was danced to "know the things of the forest" by the initiates when they resided in initiation camps. |
Lit.: Felix, Marc L., Maniema, München 1989, Seite 232 f.
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