|Ethnic group/ culture:||Lwalwa|
|Region/ country:||Congo DRC|
|Period:||Mid 20th century|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
Old wooden African mask from the LWALWA tribe of D.R. Congo.
LWALWA carvers are famous for their masks which are worn during initiation dances, funerals and to bring good fortune to the tribe.
The LWALWA tribe is related to the LULUA and live around the frontier with Angola. They are of KETE origin and come in close contact with the LUNDA people during the 17th century (The tribal Arts of Africa, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart p. 181).
The mask is in good condition with a beautiful aged patina. It has a typical enlarged nose, a protruding mouth and slanted eyes set under a deeply domed forehead.
Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.