Old Salampasu bamboo panel from the Salampasu tribe in Congo. These bamboo panels were part of the initiation rituals of the young men into manhood. They are all cut from bamboo, and colored with natural pigments such as charcoal, lime, amber etc.... Read the story..
The Salampasu live between the Lulua and Lueta rivers in the south of the Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). They live mainly from hunting. They are also formidable warriors. The essence of Salampasu art lies in the masks.
Once, the education of the young people, very severe, was entirely oriented towards a pedagogy of courage and punctuated by successive initiations. The young men went through circumcision camps where they were sometimes locked up for two years. These camps were surrounded by polychrome bamboo panels with geometric patterns.
Create an ethnic mural combining 3 or 4 pieces to really impress and adorn your home.