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Mask - Wood - Lukwakongo - Lega - Congo DRC

Mask - Wood - Lukwakongo - Lega - Congo DRC

A Fine little Lukwakongo masquette from the Lega tribe. EARLY TO MID-XXth.

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

HEIGHT: 19 cm 31 cm on metal stand ( included in your package ).

A early to mid-XXth century maskette with 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 lines .
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 used during the Bwami ceremonies, they 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.

BW Ill. : 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 on a horizontal rack that dispays all the LukwaKongo masks.

All our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp, or by appointment.

David Norden guarantees the authenticity of his objects, you will get a written description inside the package.

David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.

Object Mask
Indigenous object name Lukwakongo
Ethnic group/ culture Lega
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Wood
Period 1st half 20th century
Condition Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 19×9×5 cm
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