Mask - Raphia, Wood - Lukwakongo - Lega - Congo

Mask - Raphia, Wood - Lukwakongo - Lega - Congo
1st half 20th century - Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear

PROVENANCE: -Gustave Bulkens, gallery Dayak Antwerp, early 80 's.
-Jan van Camp, Antwerp.

HEIGHT: H = 19 cm without the beard, 31 cm on metal stand ( included in your package ). A typical mask will have a concave heart-shaped face. The forehead protrudes slightly, the nose is narrow, eyes are slits and with the typical cowries shell shape and the mouth is a horizontal line and four vertical smaller ones . Every time a mask is used it is rubbed with white Pembe Tokula clay, the remains giving it a white patina. The masks refer to ancestors and are passed from one generation of initiates to the next as symbols of continuity.

Lega masks, named Lukwakongo, have a standard design, but there are unique masks with symbolic and ritual meaning, made for special occasions.

The life of the Lega (Warega) is regulated through the Bwami, to which both men and women belong. There are seven levels for men and four levels for women. Masks were used for initiation to the first two levels of the Bwami society and repainted with Pembe each time they were used or displayed.

- Art of the Lega by Elisabeth L. Cameron (Author) – November 1, 2001
- Lega culture; art, initiation, and moral philosophy among a Central African people. By Kerchache et al. Biebuyck, 1973.

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Lot details
Indigenous object name
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Raphia, Wood
1st half 20th century
Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
Sold with stand
19×9×5 cm
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