Yaka Initiatory Mask, Democratic Republic Of Congo

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

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    Mask-handle used in the ceremonies of MUKANDA. It presents an oval face with an open mouth that reveals the teeth. The nose is long and turned upwards. It symbolizes virility and also refers to the bird's beak. The eyes are inscribed in ovals and painted in blue and red. At the top of the head is placed a pagoda-shaped superstructure where an archer is leaning. It is made of stuffed cloth and a head carved in wood and covered with pigments.
    The polychromy is very well preserved and keeps a nice shine.
    The mask has kept its raffia collar.
    An old illegible label is stuck behind the mask.
    Wood, raffia, fabrics, pigments.
    Yaka people, Popokabaka territory, Kwango province, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Provenance : - ex Belgian private collection.
    H: 78 cm (face with headdress and handle)
    Circa 1960
    Sold with its base

    Ref: 5R5NQ8S82T

    Style Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)
    Ethnic group Yaka
    Century 20th century (African Masks 20th century)
    Artist Yaka
    Country of origin Congo
    Height (cm) 78 cm
    Materials Wood
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days
    Location 69620, Ternand, France

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