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Initiation mask - Wood - Lwalwa - Congo DRC - Asian African Art
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Initiation mask – Wood – Lwalwa – Congo DRC


Mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Initiation mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Lwalwa
Region/ country: Congo DRC
Material: Wood
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 37×20×14 cm
Weight: 950 g

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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.