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Mask - Wood - Bakwélé - Congo - Asian African Art
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Mask – Wood – Bakwélé – Congo


Object Mask
Ethnic group: Kwele
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood
Period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 43x23x11 cm
Weight: 600 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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African Kwele Mask with 3 Sets of eyes from Gabon.
Kwele masks are controlled by the Bwete association, which maintains social order. They are used in ceremonies to promote well-being and community. Some did not have eye slits and were shown to onlookers rather than worn. The horn motifs echo the heart shaped face, The masks are considered to be among the most beautiful in African art.
Typically enlarged concave orbits and bulging coffee-bean eyes. Made out of wood and beautifully covered with phembe (white, blue and red kaoliën). Good condition with a nice aged patina. Great use of colors.