A well oxidised mask from the Ituri rain forest in northeastern Congo.
Remains of dot pattern pigments.
The mask has been restored, it was probably broken and reglued in situ (see images of the back) .
People practicing shifting cultivation have been present in the Ituri for 2,000 years or more. Most of these peoples, include the Bila, Budu, and Ndaka, they lived peacefully with the Bambuti pygmies.
Not only do they do painted masks but also painted their bodies during the transition rituals.
h= 24 cm, 33 cm on the custom made metal stand.
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Congo DRC
- Mid 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 24×13×6 cm