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NKANU - D.R. Congo                                                    Maschera (kakuungu)                                                    Legno, pigmenti, giunco, tessuto di rafia                                                    cm. 62 (con copricapo) x 24,5

NKANU - D.R. Congo Maschera (kakuungu) Legno, pigmenti, giunco, tessuto di rafia cm. 62 (con copricapo) x 24,5

makonde mask  The masks sometimes represent ancestral spirits, sometimes animals. The ancestors come back masked in order to express their joy at the successful achievement of initiation. Their presence is proof of the tight bonds that exist between the living and the dead. The Makonde masks may attain great expressiveness.

makonde mask The masks sometimes represent ancestral spirits, sometimes animals. The ancestors come back masked in order to express their joy at the successful achievement of initiation. Their presence is proof of the tight bonds that exist between the living and the dead. The Makonde masks may attain great expressiveness.

Igbo Mgbedike Helmet Mask, Nigeria

Igbo Mgbedike Helmet Mask, Nigeria

Africa | "Mbangu" Mask from the Pende people of DR Congo | ca. early 1900s | Wood, raffia, fiber, natural pigments, kaolin

Africa | "Mbangu" Mask from the Pende people of DR Congo | ca. early 1900s | Wood, raffia, fiber, natural pigments, kaolin

Yaka Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo | lot | Sotheby's

Yaka Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo | lot | Sotheby's

Guere Masks, Liberia and Ivory Coast | The ferocious aspect of Guere masks - bulging eyes, open mouths and sometimes protruding horns - accounts for their identification as "war" masks but, according to Jean-Baptiste Bacquart { in his The Tribal Art of Africa publication}, they are worn primarily during funerals and - in a"detective" capacity - to single out guilty persons.

Guere Masks, Liberia and Ivory Coast | The ferocious aspect of Guere masks - bulging eyes, open mouths and sometimes protruding horns - accounts for their identification as "war" masks but, according to Jean-Baptiste Bacquart { in his The Tribal Art of Africa publication}, they are worn primarily during funerals and - in a"detective" capacity - to single out guilty persons.

Máscara Bozo de de 45 cm de altura. Originaria de Malí.

Máscara Bozo de de 45 cm de altura. Originaria de Malí.

Janiform Helmet Mask Bembe, D.R. Congo Wood, Eroded Provenance: Dr. Biemans, Belgium 15 3/4"h (40cm) x 11 3/4"w (30cm) x 12 3/4"d (32.4cm)

Janiform Helmet Mask Bembe, D.R. Congo Wood, Eroded Provenance: Dr. Biemans, Belgium 15 3/4"h (40cm) x 11 3/4"w (30cm) x 12 3/4"d (32.4cm)

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