Africa | A hand mask, wood, textile, bast fibres, coloured white, blue, red and black. This imaginative type of mask appears at initiations among the Yaka in south-western Congo. These masks have flat backs and are held by a handle with one hand in front of the mask dancer’s face. This piece exhibits the characteristic upturned nose of all sculptures and carvings of the Yaka – the typical 'Yaka-nose’.
Africa | Mask from the Yaka people of Kwango, Bandundu, DR Congo | Wood and raffica | ca. prior to 1924 | The mask shown here with a sculpted "doll" in the place where normally a face would appear is a rather rare plastic variation of a ndeemba mask used in the mukanda ritual.