Item offered:

Yombe/Bakongo Passport Mask (2)
(DR Congo)

wood, pigment

Approximate dimensions:
8.25" H x 4.75" W x 3.25" D

Estimated age:
50+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 3-lbs.

All sales final.

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On offer from our personal collection is a superb passport mask from the Yombe/Bakongo peoples of the DR Congo.

Among their varied uses, with their smaller size, passport masks may be presented as a form of identification for its owner; & the masks may also receive libations & offerings, enriching their surface patina. The face mask-sized counterparts to these pieces are known as Nganga divination masks. The diviners are believed to have special powers, enabling them to determine the causes of various events & circumstances within the tribal community - including illness, natural disasters, etc. These masks are thought to represent the diviners who wear them.

Despite some imperfections, including scrapes, old chips along the back rim, & evidence of old insect damage (arrested), this striking piece is in good overall condition & makes a wonderful display.
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