This is a rare Bindji helmet or helm mask, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, neighbours and probably descendants of the Kuba, from whom we can note the influence.
Very beautiful black patina of wear, important traces of wear, a splendid restoration was performed, using sewing principles, and the external part was even covered to hide the coating!
Height 37 cm, very light-weighted wood (Kapok tree?), thin and light (as it should be), late 19th or very early 20th century.
It comes from the collection of Olivier Louis, a psychiatrist known for his publications, but he is also a great collector of tribal art (other pieces are for sale)
Certificate of authenticity with pedigree included in the parcel.
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- DR Congo
- Late 19th century
- In poor condition with signs of heavy wear & tear or damaged parts
- Sold with stand
- 37×28×27 cm