Grade mask used during the rituals of the Bwami initiatory society.
It presents a face with a beautiful lunar expression within a stylized heart-shaped space. Its mouth is open, decorated with incised motifs symbolising a high-ranking initiate who has the right to speak.
Wood, natural white pigments, old patina used for honey and brown.
Lega, Democratic Republic of Congo, early 20th century
21 x 19 cm
Provenance: Sens-Enchères sale, Sens, 8 October 2005, lot 286
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