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Lovely Lega Mask with Raffia 18.5″- DR Congo – African Art

$147.50

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This mask was carved in the style of the Lega people of DRC. The mask has a typical hear-shaped face and a raffia beard. It measures 18.5 inches tall, 34 inches including raffia, and weighs 2.5 pounds. There is a previous repair to the back of the mask and scuffing and wear and tear throughout. Stand not included but one can be purchased for an additional charge.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Lega

Material

Wood, pigment and vegetable fiber

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

18.5" mask | 34" including raffia

Width

13"

Depth

4"

Weight

2.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Repair to upper back of mask. 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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