Dance Mask - Wood - Yombe - D.R.C.

Dance Mask - Wood - Yombe - D.R.C.
It dates to the 1930 – 1940 period or even prior to that - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Wonderful Dance Mask – Yombe – D.R.C.

In good condition, but with clear signs of use. It dates to the 1930 – 1940 period or even prior to that. On stand.

Provenance: Ex – collection of Martin Coppens, Eindhoven. Bought from him by H. Westerdijk in 1983.

Dance masks of the Yombe can be roughly divided into two groups .Those that have served members of an initiation cult called Ndunga that functioned as a sort of informal policeforce to support and protect the political elite and a second category that were carried by diviners or so called banganga diphomba.This mask is most likely a specimen out of the second group and was used by a witchdoctor when working to heal clients and to detect who had attacted them . The most striking features of this fine mask are the application of three colours in the face, the incised teeth in the upper jaw and the glass-inset eyes, all typical Yombe style characteristics. Nice dry interior. As in some rare cases, this mask is carved in medium density wood and not in very light wood like Ricinodendron, Alstonia or Bombax.

Literature; Raoul Lehuard: Art Bakongo, Part III, Les masques, Arnouville, 1993, pp. 774. See especially Pl.XXI and fig. upper left on p. 852.

Dimensions: 29 x 19 x 15 cm.
Region / People: The Yombe live in S.W. D.R.C. in the Mayombe region of the Bas- Congo province.
Material: medium density wood.
Weight: 0.820 kg.

Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.

For the original text from seller, set language on this site to: English

Due to bad experiences with carriers, we opted for a more reliable carrier. The shipping costs are therefore slightly higher. Sent by registered and insured mail.

Detalles del lote
Máscara de baile
Grupo étnico/cultura
Región / país
Se remonta a 1930-1940 o incluso antes.
En buen estado, usado con algunos signos de desgaste
Se vende con soporte
29×19×15 cm
0.82 kg
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