Lot: 24498th Auction
Ancestor spirit mask "moghondzi"
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|French Collection||H: 11.4 inch||This object is not available anymore.|
wood, kaolin, polychrome pigment, plant fibre, base
These masks embody deceased ancestors. They are the property of the "bwete" initiation society.
After six months of apprenticeship in seclusion, the young "adults" return to the village. Dancers wearing "moghondzi" masks emerge from the dark forest at night to welcome the newly initiated. It is said that they come from the land of the dead, the land of "kombe", the guardian of the realm of the dead.
After their use, the masks are kept with other ritual objects in huts set up for the purpose.
Hahner-Herzog, Iris, Das Zweite Gesicht, Genf, München, New York 1997, cat. 74