Mask (1) - Wood and Kaolin - Lukwakongo - Lega - DRC Congo

Mask (1) - Wood and Kaolin - Lukwakongo - Lega - DRC Congo
First half of the 20th century - Reasonable condition, used, with visible traces of wear

Little Lukwakongo Mask, characterised by the great delicacy of the sculpture and the firmness of the features. The heart-shaped face, strongly curved and whitened with kaolin, is structured by a long middle line, formed by the long and thin nose, projected in high-relief and framed by the eyes with protruding slit eyelids.
Among one of the most important emblems of initiates of the lutumbo lwa yananio rank, this little mask would take part in collective manifestations, it was placed on the forehead or on the chin of the initiate, or attached to a fence. It would symbolise continuity within the Bwami and related groups, a continuity which links the living with the dead” (Biebuyck, Lega Ethique et beauté au cœur de l'Afrique, 2002, p. 71-72).

Stand included in the sale. Height including the stand: 47 cm.

Lot details
Total nr of items
Indigenous object name
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
DR Congo
wood and kaoilin
1st half 20th century
Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
21×4×11.5 cm
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