Item offered:

Kuba Helmet Mask with Raffia
(DR Congo)


wood, raffia, metal,
pigments, reeds, vegetal fibers

Approximate dimensions:
(without raffia)
11" H x 8" W x 12" D

(with raffia)
22" H x 12" W x 13" D

Estimated age:
50+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 12-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

All sales final.


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On offer from our personal collection is this fabulous helmet mask from the Kuba peoples of the DR Congo. With its leonine mane, the mask is adorned with a full head & beard of raffia. A particularly handsome mask, it possesses a most regal, dignified presence.

The master carver responsible for this outstanding piece has captured extraordinary essence in its facial features. The jawline & prominent brow have been painted with a classic triangular motif, typical of the Kuba. Stripes representing tears are painted on & below the striated, coffee-bean-shaped eyes, & wide bands of white pigment have been applied above the eyes. Studded metal plates highlight the upper brow & nostrils. A double row of braided raffia wraps around the bottom rim of the mask. Perforations (which do not penetrate the wood) underscore the cheeks. The helmet formation is completed by a well-constructed basket attached to the back of the mask.

Despite some imperfections, this powerful piece is in good overall condition. There are scuffs & scrapes, evidence of insect damage (arrested), & the raffia is rather delicate & thinning a bit in a few areas. The mask makes an absolutely stunning display.

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