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Kidumu mask - Teke Tsaaye - Congo DRC - SOLD
Cubism and stylization in African tribal art in Congo
This African mask comes from the Tsaaye, a subgroup of Teke in Congo DRC. This mask was used during a masquerade that may have been introduced in this region in the mid-nineteenth century.
The first masks of this type are very rare, although the style was revived a century later.
It is a decorated disc that the dancer holds in front of his face with a wick of fiber or an outgrowth of wood that he holds between his teeth.
This copy is very similar in style and tone to a mask that belonged to André Derain, French painter, founder of Fauvism.
This African mask Kidumu still wears his thick beard in raffia and has a beautiful old patina. To find out more: barbier-mueller.ch
Ref BMG 1021-20.
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