Item offered:

Yombe/Bakongo Nganga
Divination Mask
(DR Congo)




Materials:
wood, pigment

Approximate dimensions:
12" H x 7.5" W x 3.75" D

Estimated age:
50+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 5-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

All sales final.


 

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Description:

On offer from our personal collection is this dynamic old Nganga divination mask from the Yombe/Bakongo peoples of the DR Congo. 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. Such masks are thought to represent the diviners who wear them.

With its piercing, penetrating gaze, the mask's intense & imposing presence is immediately felt... Carved teeth lend a fierce attitude to the spirit of the piece. Pigment has been applied to the surface of the mask, & a protruding top knot adorns the upper brow.

Abrasions, wear, & a few old chips are a testament to this potent mask's age & use. Powerful display.
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