Feathered face mask "Ishyeen Imaalu"

Feathered face mask "Ishyeen Imaalu"
19 century

The Ishyeen imaalu mask is ranked within a hierarchy of masking that perform during activities associated with the men's initiation society called Babende. Ishyeen imaalu appears most often at funerals of members of the initiation society. This very fine Kuba masks represents a warrior and is decorated with feathers reservated for that purpose.

Dated to late 19th century
Dimensions: approx 50X27X30 cm without the base.

This item comes with a signed and stamped certificate confirming its authenticity. All our lots are appraised and checked by Jos Humblet. Mr. Humblet (°1954, Brussels) graduated in 1978 as Master of Art at St. Lukas in Brussels. From 1978 until 1993 he worked at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he specialised in formal analysis of works of art. Mr. Humblet started collecting tribal art in 1980 and became a dealer in 1995, specialising in art from Kongo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.

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Lot details
Ishyeen Imaalu mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
DR Congo
Feathers, Wood
Late 19th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
50×27×30 cm
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