Lega lukwakongo mask A239

Lukwakongo mask, used in Bwami initiations rites. Wood with white clay and mica particles and plant fiber. Lega, R.D.Congo. The patina on the back suggests that this particular mask has been worn on the arm or on the side of the head. 1st half 20th century. Ex. col. Justin Barthels, The Netherlands. (H. 17cm without beard)

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Louis Nierijnck