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Mask - Wood - Lengola - Northeastern Congo (Zaire) - Asian African Art
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Mask – Wood – Lengola – Northeastern Congo (Zaire)


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

Object: Mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Lengola
Region/ country: Northeastern Congo (Zaire)
Material: Wood
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 34×22×9 cm
Weight: 750 g

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Lengola people are living on the left bank of the Zaire river. The Butoka society regulates their social, political and economic activiteis. Lengola maskas are rare and are stylistically informed by those of the Lega tribe [The Tribal Arts of Africa, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, P.144].

The concave heart-shaped face with protuberant eyes is clear evidence of Lega stylistic influence, but the coloring – half white, half red – is atypical of the Lega and quite common among the Lengola. The elongation of the head appears on Lengola masks and figures in a range of sizes and functional contexts.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).