A nice Boa war mask - Wood - Boa - DRC

Description
A nice Boa war mask - Wood - Boa - DRC
Late 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

A nice Boa war, or protective mask.
Please, see the pictures for accurate visual reference!



The Boa ethnic group comprises 200,000 savanna-dwelling people living in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Each village is headed by a chief from the most prestigious clan. The Boa are mainly farmers and are in frequent contact with Mangbetu and Zande. The Boa are known principally for their masks, believed to be used in war-related ceremonies, to enhance the warrior's courage, or to celebrate victories. These masks have prominent, round ears, suggesting alertness, and are covered alternately with dark and light pigments. They have been described as belonging to warrior or secret associations and are considered to be war masks or disguises used in hunting although the precise function of Boa masks is not known.

References from Zyama

Lot details
Object
A nice Boa war mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Boa
Region/ country
DRC
Material
Wood
Period
Late 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
32×30×12 cm
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