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Lulua Wooden Ceremonial Mask - PF.4363
Origin: Southeastern Congo
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 13.25" (33.7cm) high x 7.75" (19.7cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood

Additional Information: SOLD
Location: United States
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This beautifully elongated mask, expresses the power of ritualistic activity. This mask was part of ritualistic ceremonies within the tribe. For the most part, a mask is usually a representation of a deity or other important role models. The border edges of the mask contain holes that were used to secure it upon the face of the participant. The cheeks and chin are pointed with an aquiline nose, demonstrating the angularity and prominence of character. The protruding lips reveal the idea of speech and possible wishes of this character. There are also noticeable holes in the mouth that can signify the idea of communicating in more than one language. However, it is the eye area that is most striking and mysterious about this mask. The eye itself consists of a series of large holes punctured into the wood and surrounded by smaller holes, creating an owl-like effect. This sort of decoration around the eye would be a tribal form of beautification and perhaps a type of ranking with a more general hierarchy. The symbolic effect the holes in the mouth represent the same can be said regarding the eyes. It is possible to see more than what is actually there.

A mask's power can conceal the identity of the person who wears it, but it cannot and does not conceal the true magnificence of artistic design and meaning that is deeply rooted in tradition. This mask does not intend to evoke fear, but respect and pride for the past, a lesson that has been handed down through the generations, and continues on.
- (PF.4363)


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