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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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
41 x 42 cm
Ethnic group
Teke / Bateke
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium

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