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Museum of Chinese and Ethnographic Art of Parma verified

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Orc-shaped perfume burner
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Female footwear
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Kwame mask
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Harmonious calls in the pond
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Yun Li - Portrait of Confucius
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Zhe Pai - Paesaggio Zhaoguang
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Green monochrome bowl
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Right now
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Muminia mask
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He big Buddha
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Jar
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Cizhou jar
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He Great Buddha
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Large celadon plate
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Guan Di
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Guayin
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Bracelets Me - woôre - kà
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Rori beanie hat - rori
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Akôkakô Labial Disc
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Grande Diadema Krôkrôk - tire
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Bridal Ornament
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Jue tripod glass
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Hair pins
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Cizhou jar
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Yi Ritual Vase
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The big screen
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Chinese Coinser
Orc-shaped perfume burner
Female footwear
Kwame mask
Harmonious calls in the pond
Yun Li - Portrait of Confucius
Zhe Pai - Paesaggio Zhaoguang
Green monochrome bowl
Right now
Muminia mask
He big Buddha
Jar
Cizhou jar
He Great Buddha
Large celadon plate
Guan Di
Guayin
Bracelets Me - woôre - kà
Rori beanie hat - rori
Akôkakô Labial Disc
Grande Diadema Krôkrôk - tire
Bridal Ornament
Jue tripod glass
Hair pins
Cizhou jar
Yi Ritual Vase
The big screen
Chinese Coinser

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Description

The 'muminia' (indispensable) or 'kekoni' (beautiful) mask has a face covered with black patina, except for the eyes whitened with kaolin. Characteristic is the white band with black dots carved on the forehead and cheeks. The mouth seems to shout the warnings of the ancestors. This type of mask was declared extremely rare as early as 1952 by Biebuyck, an acute scholar of Lega culture. This specimen comes from a Baliga village (Shabunda area). The rare muminia masks belong to a large ritual community that encompasses several villages, in whose name they are kept in a secret place, by the oldest Kindi member, in the collective bag. The essential meaning of this type of mask is social, a symbol of cohesion between disparate groups. In the introductory rite of a 'bwame' candidate it is said: 'Come on, little friend! But where you will arrive, open your eyes before speaking '. This is how prudence is taught, the highest virtue recommended to the 'bami'.

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