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Very Old African Tribal MBUTI Ituri River Mask. Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Very Old African Tribal MBUTI Ituri River Mask. Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Very Old African Tribal MBUTI Ituri River Mask. Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Beginning of the 20th Century. Nice condition. ( part missing on the side and the chin ; not disturbing ).

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From a Belgian collector.

Wood, white black and white kaolin and paint.

People, including the Mbuti and Ndaka, of the Ituri rain forest use masks representing ancestor spirits in elaborate initiation ceremonies.

The masks utilize painted design elements on their surfaces that have long been associated with the better-known painted bark-cloth textiles of the Mbuti. A single pattern is usually repeated over the entire surface. Utilized in the context of a boy's initiation, these powerful masks are at once attractive and aggressive. ( text from Hamill Gallery ).

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