4. Mask

Nbaka

North Eastern DRC

H: 34cm

DESCRIPTION

With its circular-shaped eyes, broad nose and wide, gaping mouth, this Nbaka mask has a wonderful expression. Rather unusually, one eye is larger in size than the other, probably as a result of wear and handling. Both eyes of the mask are surrounded by traces of caline, which is now dried and flaking, and a slightly pronounced ridge. The surface of the mask has developed a dry, slightly freckled surface.

It is possible that teeth of some description, made out of bone or wood, were inserted into the punctuations present in the upper and lower lips of the mask. Inserted teeth are a commonly found feature among masks from the north eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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CONDITION

There has been a traditional restoration, using traces of dried wax, to the lower section of the jaw.

Provenance

Field Collected in the Early 1990's & Ex Private Collection, UK

DATE

Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century (Or Before)

Dimensions

H: 34cm

PRICE

1900

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