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Lwalwa Decorative Face Mask 17″ – DRC – African Art

$97.50

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This mask was carved in the typical Lwalwa style and would make a wonderful addition to any home or collection. There are colorful triangular carvings on the top of the head. The mask measures 17 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. There looks like there is some minor water stains on the back of the mask along with some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand is not included but one can be added for an additional charge.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Lwalwa

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

17"

Width (Inches)

7”

Depth (Inches)

5.5”

Weight (Pounds)

1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Minor water stains on back. Cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.

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Tribe Information

About the Lwalwa People

“Another tribe related to the Lualua is the Lwalwa who number 20,000 and live in the frontier with Angola. They are of the Kete origin and came I close contact with the Lunda people during the 17th century. Nevertheless, they remained independent, although they formed a relationship with the Salampasu and the Mbagani. Each Lwalwa village is headed by either a male or female chief, known as Dina Dia Bukalenga, whose power is held in check by a powerful society, the Bangongo. In common with their neighbours, Lwalwa men hunt and the women farm.”

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

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