|Ethnic group:||Bakongo / Yombe|
|Estimated period:||Second half 20th century|
|Sold with stand:||No|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
Powerful large Bakongo Vili helmet mask from DR Congo.
Stretching across the coasts of Gabon and the D.R. of Congo, the VILI, also called Loango, are famous for their artistic diversity.
Along with their neighbors, the Yombe, the Bakongo people had faced masks that were associated with the spirit world. They were less common than their better known fetish or power figures, but some share the magic cavities and inserted nails of those figures.
Good condition with a beautiful patina of tribal use. Great use of rede and white pigments. The eyes of the mask and figures are made from glass. This as a unique mask for the collectors of tribal art, large piece, total length: 73 cm.