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Pair of Lega Ivory Masks - DA.706 B
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Circa: 1850 AD to 1930 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide
Collection: African Art
Medium: Ivory
Condition: Extra Fine


Additional Information: sold

Location: UAE
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Description
Lega artists are well known for making distinctive masks with heart-shaped faces. They also are often concave, with a delicate mouth, pointed chin and eyes shaped like a cowry shell. This very charming mask includes these features. This mask was probably intended to be worn perhaps as an insignia of those belonging to the different societies. Great pride is taken in them, as seen in the rich patina. At the time of a new initiation, the older initiates take out their ivory and rub them down with oil, which gives them a warm glow. Such mask was believed to be endowed with power, and is to be treated with respect. Seeing the charm of this mask, it is easy to imagine someone treasuring it as something precious - (DA.706 B)

 

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