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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- Initiation mask
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Congo DRC
- Mid 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 31×21×14 cm
- 900 g