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$ 4,828

Ngbaka People, DRC, Ngbaka Face Mask with dotted Polychrome.

Origin Congo-Kinshasa
Period 19th Century
Materials Wood, hand crafted
Dimensions
W. 6.3 in; H. 9.84 in;
W. 16 cm; H. 25 cm;
Condition Good.
Description The Ngbaka people, living in the center of the Democratic Republic of Congo (especially the region of Gemena), had an
important rite of passage for boys. They called it gaza wuli which means “That which gives strength”. The initiate has
to pass all kinds of physical tests and is eventually circumcised. During and after these ceremonies the masks, known as dagara
were worn. The masks usually have an oval shape, as is the case with this object. The discussed mask is decorated with white painted dots.
Styles / Movements Other, Traditional, Tribal
Dealer Reference Number 516
Incollect Reference Number 463167
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