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Item : Teke mask, Picture : Front view (approx. 42 Kbytes)

As facial masks used during the kidumu dances of the Tsaayi, this object presents a form and patterns interpreted like lunar symbols. However, and contrary to the rare other specimens, this mask was not intended to perform attached to the face. Constituted of two round parts joined together by a kind of handle allowing a suspended fixing, this mask was probably a house mask. It could have been also used like chest masks, but the patina present on the backside does not reveal traces of friction, but a thick smoked and crusty patina. The front face is composed of a thick and encrusted sacrificial patina.

Probably 19th century.

Lit : « Masques Africains de la collection Barbier-Mueller », 1997, 2000, Adam Biro, Paris, p. 190.

Object #5316

Origin :

D. R. Congo (Ogooue River area)

Type :

Masks and headdresses

Ethnic group :

Teke (or Tsaayi)

Material :

Very dense wood, age-old use sacrificial patina on the front side, black eroded on the back side

Size :

H = 7.3 inches

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