Initiation mask - Wood - Lwalwa - Congo DRC

Description
Initiation mask - Wood - Lwalwa - Congo DRC
Mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Old wooden African mask from the LWALWA tribe of D.R. Congo.
LWALWA carvers are famous for their masks which are worn during initiation dances, funerals and to bring good fortune to the tribe.
The LWALWA tribe is related to the LULUA and live around the frontier with Angola. They are of KETE origin and come in close contact with the LUNDA people during the 17th century (The tribal Arts of Africa, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart p. 181).

Lwalwa artistic output epitomizes the use of geometric abstraction in African art. This particular mask, with its contrasting simple geometric planes, has a strength and power beyond its basic form.
It has a typical enlarged nose, a protruding mouth and slanted eyes set under a deeply domed forehead. Good condition with clear traces of wear and tear. The left eye is damaged.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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Lot details
Object
Initiation mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Lwalwa
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
31×21×14 cm
Weight
900 g
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