Two-Toned Bakongo Mask 10.5″ – DR Congo – African Art

Original price was: $190.00.Current price is: $47.50.


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This mask was carved in the style of the Bakongo people of DRC. The mask features a face with piercing yellow glass eyes and has two-tone pigmentation. The mask measures 10.5 inches tall and weighs 1 pound. There is minor imperfections – please inspect photos. Stand not included.

Type of Object


Country of Origin

DR Congo


Bakongo (Kongo)


Wood, Pigment, Glass Eyes

Approximate Age









1 lb

Overall Condition

Good with minor imperfections. See photos.

Tribe Information

Tribe Information

About the Bakongo People

Bakongo people are a matriarchal society who values their independence. They are the largest tribe in the Democratic Republic of Congo and have considerable populations in neighboring countries as well. The total population of the tribe was last estimated to be around 18 million world wide.

With such a vast population of people, their belief system is almost as so. For the most part, the majority of Bakongo people believe in a creator god and deities. When the Portuguese inserted themselves in the area in the 15the century, they used that belief system to convince the Bakongo that Christianity was the same thing. Missionaries would twist Bakongo language to push Christianity among the people, they would take words such as “nkisi” to mean “holy” as they were teaching their religion. Today, a mixture of traditional religion and Christianity is practiced. Both churches and shrines have been maintained.
Read more about the Bakongo here.