Muminia mask - Lega - Congo DRC

Muminia mask - Lega - Congo DRC
Mid 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

26 cm.
Wood, pigments.
Provenance: Family of colonists, former Zaire - brought back in 1960, collected in Kama around 1940-1960.
Family inheritance.

This Muminia mask comes from a southern Lega group, given the stylistic elements that we can observe, which are quite atypical. The bicoloured patina and the crenellated nose bridge are rather characteristic of other ethnic groups, like the Kumu, located nearby.
This flat mask was not intended to be worn on the face, but was tied to an initiatory panel or worn on the hand during the rites of the Bwami.
Young people would gather in a camp outside of the village, to be initiated by elders. Moral values, necessary to live in society, were taught to them.
A little beard is still attached to the mask.
Ancient wood.

Cf. Secrets d'ivoire: L'art des Léga d'Afrique centrale

Shipment within 24 working hours.
Track & trace included.
With acknowledgement of receipt.

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Lot details
Muminia mask
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Mid 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
26×0×0 cm
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