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Mask-handle used during the initiation rites of young boys. It presents a face inscribed in a circle. The eyes are turned towards the ground in a sign of respect, the teeth are visible and the whole is surmounted by a raffia headdress. The nose is long and turned upwards. It symbolizes virility and also refers to the beak of the bird. The polychromy is very well preserved and keeps a beautiful shine.
The mask has kept its raffia ruff.
The sculpture is beautiful and fine.
Patina of use.
Yaka people, Democratic Republic of Congo
Provenance: ex Belgian private collection, comes from the family of the Belgian Jesuit priest Alphonse Verwimp, (1985-1964). According to his family, he received the mask in 1952 by the parish priest of Pelende in the current territory of Kasongo-Lunda.
H: 47cm (face with cap and handle)
|Height (cm)||47 cm|
|Shipping Cost||20 €|
|Shipping Time||Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days|
|Location||69620, Ternand, France|
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