Nyanga mask - SOLD OUT

This rare African mask comes in an ovoid shape with a concave face. The heart-shaped face is split in half with red tukula pigment on one side and blackish pigment on the other, charcoal. The features are simple, even naive. The small eyes are triangular and the mouth forms a semicircle.
Something to note here, the small nose seems to hang down from the forehead and stand out entirely from the face as is the case on Nyanga masks.

The Nyanga are a small ethnic group living in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a forest region of Maniema. They have a social and cultural organization similar to that of the Kumu and other forest peoples. This flat mask was worn during initiations which could last for several days. Unfortunately, little is known about the exact sequence of these practices.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1950
26 cm
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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