Owl mask - Wood - Luba - Congo DRC

Description
Owl mask - Wood - Luba - Congo DRC
2nd half 20th century - Good

This owl mask features this nocturnal bird gifted with the ability to move at night. For many Africans, night is specific to meeting malevolent spirits including the dead. According to my research, this mask may come from the Luba people in Nyamwesi Congo but there are also similar examples (without the streaks) among the Nyamwesi people from northern Tanzania. This mask is worn on the top of the head.

The dilated round eyes in high relief highlight the nocturnal character of the bird. It has the beak of a nocturnal bird of prey. Four very wide and converging streaks along the face remind of Songye polychrome masks.

Hardwood with a grey patina of use.

Lot details
Object
Owl mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Luba
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
38×25×12 cm
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