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Mask: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2006-05-04

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
In recent times the Tabwa of eastern Congo and northern Zambia have created beaded masks that relate to the carved wooden masks in use during the late 19th century. The mask is associated with the diviners of the bulumba possession cult. The prominent decorative motive of beaded triangles is called "the rising of the new moon" (balamwezi) and refers to the dangerous period of darkness between lunar months and the need for care and mediation in all of one's deeds to achieve knowledge and success.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009