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Decorative Lega Style Mask 9″ – DR Congo – African Art

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We are not exactly certain that this mask was created in the style of the Lega people of DRC, but it was definitely influenced by them. The mask has a gaping look on it’s face and has a beard made of raffia palm. The mask measures 10 inches tall, 26 inches including raffia, and weighs half of a pound. There is some cracking and wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos. Stand is not included but one can be added for an additional fee.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Lega

Material

Wood, pigment and vegetable fiber

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

10” mask, 26" including raffia

Width (Inches)

7”

Depth (Inches)

4”

Weight (Pounds)

.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Lega People

Lega art is exclusively focused on and associated with the Bwami society. Each object has a precise role and function within their ceremonies and rituals and is used only by the initiated. These artefacts are numerous and are created from a variety of materials, particularly wood, ivory, bone and elephant hide.

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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Additional Information

About Lega Masks

“Two major types of mask figure in Lega ceremonies: the first is a face mask, used during initiation ceremonies, which typically has a heart-shaped face with globular coffee-bean eyes, a linear nose and a diminutive mouth usually located in a pointed chin. White pigments are applied to the mask. The second, called Lukwakongo, is a mask worn on the arm, but it shares the same characteristics as the face masks, except it is smaller and is worn on an initiate’s body to indicate his or her rank within the Bwami society. Both types of mask are exhibited on the fences during initiation ceremonies. There is also a particular type of ivory mask, called Lukungu, which is used exclusively by the highest graded of the Bwami society (i.e. the Kindi). “

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.