Vintage African Lega Bantu Mask Democratic Republic of the Congo 27893
A highly collectible 5.75” tall hand-carved
wood Lega mask from the DRC, circa 1970s.
Hand-crafted from wood, the distinctive Lega
features of this mask – a finely shaped nose and a three-dimensional,
heart-shaped face – are accented by Kaolin clay “paint.”
Unlike full-size masks which are often worn
over the face or on the back of the head during ceremonial events or dances, a
smaller mask like this could be worn on the body as a necklace or adornment or
simply placed on the ground during an initiation ceremony. Hole perforations along the side of the mask
would allow it to be strung a variety of ways and allows the collector to hang
it easily on a wall or mount on a stand.