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Two-Faced (Janus) Lega Mask 11″ – DR Congo – African Art

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This mask was created in the style of the Lega people of DRC. The mask was carved with two faces, also known as Janus, and has hair around the lower half of the mask made of fibers. It measures 11 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout -please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added 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

11"

Width

12"

Depth

5"

Weight

2.5 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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