Mask - Wood - Lukwakongo - Lega - Congo

Mask - Wood - Lukwakongo - Lega - Congo
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

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

HEIGHT: H = 17 cm without the beard, 25 cm on wood stand ( included in your package ). A typical mask will have a triangular concave heart-shaped face. The forehead protrudes slightly, and has doted scarification's, the nose is narrow inversed T shape, eyes are rectangular slits and the mouth is a horizontal line , some chips missing left to mouth, dark patina on the inside, cracks in wood ( see pictures) .
Every time a mask is used it is rubbed with White Pembe Tokula clay, the extensive use and remains giving it a white encrusted slightly shiny 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
1st half 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
17×10×3 cm
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