Lega Kisi Idimu mask - SOLD OUT

Congolese East African art has many masks linked to initiation societies such as Bwami at Lega. This ethnic group is spread over a fairly large and diverse territory and is made up of subgroups such as the Kisi. The latter have their own variation of traditional masks including the Idimu mask.
There is a strong influence Kumu who are their neighbors, the Kisi being located north of the Lega territory.
During certain rites, this mask was worn in front of the face or on the forehead. This African mask belonged not to a Bwami officer like the other masks but to the entire community.
The mouth in the Kumu style, the flat face, the use of pigments to separate areas of the facies, the very marked bias at the level of the bridge of the nose, all these elements bring it closer to the style of the southern Kumu.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1950
35 x 20 cm
Ethnic group
Lega / Balega / Warega
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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