Lukwakongo Lega passeport mask - SOLD OUT

Small African wooden masks are some of the most important insignia of the second category of Bwami in the Lega culture.

Generally, these miniature passport masks, known as lukwakongo, have a heart-shaped face framed by a line formed by the nose, eyebrows and cheek planes. The face is bleached with clay, while the forehead and edges typically have a glossy brown patina. The holes running around the lower edge of this African mask would have originally held a beard made of vine fibers. Lukwakongo are never worn on the face, but are rather attached to the arm or displayed on a fence during Bwami meetings.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
13 x 8 cm
Ethnic group
Lega / Balega / Warega
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium
Condition
Excellent