Authentic Helmetmask - Wood - Musangwe - Tabwa - DR Congo

Description
Authentic Helmetmask - Wood - Musangwe - Tabwa - DR Congo
Mid 20th century - Good

Original, authentic helmetmask of the Tabwa people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tabwa masks are rare and there is not much known about their use and role. The headdress starts in the middle of the mask, decorated with patterns and scarifications running around the face.
This mask represents the female ancestor Musangwe, symbolising fertility. Musangwe is always dancing with her male companion Kiyunde.
This very old mask has a fantastic lightbrown patina. On top is an original repair.
The eyes are made of cowry shells. Triangular nose and open mouth.
Now in my private Dutch collection.

Lot details
Object
Authentic Helmetmask
Indigenous object name
Musangwe
Ethnic group/ culture
Tabwa
Region/ country
DR Congo
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
24×26×26 cm
Weight
1900 g
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