Mask - Wood - Bakongo Vili - DR Congo

Mask - Wood - Bakongo Vili - DR Congo
mid 20th century - Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear

Powerfull Bakongo Vili mask from DR Congo.
Stretching across the coasts of Gabon and the D.R. of Congo, the VILI, also called Loango, are famous for their artistic diversity.

Along with their neighbors, the Yombe, the Bakongo people had faced masks that were associated with the spirit world. They were less common than their better known fetish or power figures, but some share the magic cavities and inserted nails of those figures.
Fair condition with a beautiful patina of tribal use. The backside of the mask contains traces of erosion. The naturalistic features of this mask are highlighted by the use of pigments.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Bakongo Vili
Region/ country
DR Congo
Mid 20th century
Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
37×21×16 cm
850 g
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