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Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC
Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7"- DRC

Small Tranquil African Face Mask from Lega People 7″- DRC

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Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo – formerly Zaire)

Ethnicity

Lega

Approximate Age

Unknown

Material

Wood, Pigment

Height

7"

Width

6"

Depth

2.5"

Weight

0.5lb

Overall Condition

Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.

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.