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Africa | Mask "mbuya" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, polychrome paint, raffia and plant fiber

Africa | Mask "mbuya" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, polychrome paint, raffia and plant fiber

Africa | Mask "mbuya" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, polychrome paint, raffia and plant fiber

Africa | Mask "mbuya" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, polychrome paint, raffia and plant fiber

Africa | Mask "muyombo" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, kaolin, paint and plant fiber | This mask type was used at initiation and circumcision rites for young boys and in ceremonies conducted in order to achieve good luck in hunting or efficient harvest. The "muyombo" masks should guarantee fertility and welfare of the community.

Africa | Mask "muyombo" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, kaolin, paint and plant fiber | This mask type was used at initiation and circumcision rites for young boys and in ceremonies conducted in order to achieve good luck in hunting or efficient harvest. The "muyombo" masks should guarantee fertility and welfare of the community.

Africa | Mask from the Luluwa people of DR Congo | Wood, raffia and pigment | ca. early 20th century

Africa | Mask from the Luluwa people of DR Congo | Wood, raffia and pigment | ca. early 20th century

Pende Pumbu A Mfumu Mask, DR Congo

Pende Pumbu A Mfumu Mask, DR Congo

Vili. D. R. Congo

Vili. D. R. Congo

PENDE MASK Congo. H 25 cm. Provenance: Swiss private collection, 1950s.

PENDE MASK Congo. H 25 cm. Provenance: Swiss private collection, 1950s.

Africa | Helmet mask "agbogho mmwo" from the Igbo people of Nigeria | Wood, paint and encrusted patina | Representing the "spirit of a young maiden" - "agbogho mmwo". Belonging to the men's "mmwo" society. Such masks were worn by young men on harvest festivities and at the annual ceremonies in honour of the earth spirit "ane". The dancers wore coloured tight costumes with false breasts.

Africa | Helmet mask "agbogho mmwo" from the Igbo people of Nigeria | Wood, paint and encrusted patina | Representing the "spirit of a young maiden" - "agbogho mmwo". Belonging to the men's "mmwo" society. Such masks were worn by young men on harvest festivities and at the annual ceremonies in honour of the earth spirit "ane". The dancers wore coloured tight costumes with false breasts.

Female Face Mask, c. 1930s Central Africa, Angola/Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chowke, 20th century

Female Face Mask, c. 1930s Central Africa, Angola/Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chowke, 20th century

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