The grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus), also known as the Congo grey parrot or African grey parrot, is an Old World parrot in the family Psittacidae. The Timneh parrot (Psittacus timneh) was earlier treated as conspecific but has since been split as a full species.
This tyukusu (mask) belongs to a branch of the ancient association of the bakama which came into being at the end of the 18th century: the brotherhood of the bandunga. In the twentieth century, these masks primarily partipated in purification rituals and conjurations of natural catastrophes. They also appeared during funerals of notables, when a chief was appointed, but also to mark the arrival of an important visitor.
The singit are effigies of ancestors from important lineages.This type of sculpture and the religious practices related to it were particularly prominent in the East of Congo amongst the Hemba, the Buyu and the Bembe