Luba-kanyok protective mask, Democratic Republic Of Congo

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 69620, Ternand, France

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    Rare protective mask that was worn on the belt or arm. The face is rectangular, the forehead and nose are prominent and the sunken gaze is hard. The mouth is open and shows two beautiful rows of teeth. It is topped by an elongated and striated headdress.
    It was entirely covered with white pigment of which there are still many traces. This kind of protective mask was reserved for notables.
    Very nice presence for this rare object.
    Wood with a patina of use, pigment. Slight cracks. H : 23,5 cm
    Luba-Kanyok people, Democratic Republic of Congo
    First half of the 20th century
    Provenance : - Ex Belgian collection.
    - Collected in situ by a former settler, Mr. Van Kerckhoven who brought it back in 1952. He would have obtained it from the chiefdom of Mulundu. This mask was used as protection by a group leader of the Mukundu chiefdom near Mwene-Ditu.

    Ref: IXVNEBR1Z2

    Style Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)
    Ethnic group Kaniok - Kanyok - Bena Kanioka
    Century 20th century (African Masks 20th century)
    Height (cm) 23,5 cm
    Materials Wood
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days
    Location 69620, Ternand, France

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