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Masks and Headgear

Rare Salampasu / Basalampasu Warrior Mask. Mukinka. Kasai River. Congo DNC / Angola

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    There are about 60,000 Salampasu people who live east of the Kasai River (bordering the DRC and Angola). History reveals that they are viewed with terror by adjacent tribes (e.g. Chokwe and Lunda). The Salampasu are governed by territorial leaders who, in turn, supervise village chiefs.… Continue reading

Deeply Carved Luba Kuba Helmet Mask. Tribal. Ceremonial. DRC. Congo.

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    Look at the dynamic carvings of this helmet mask. The high and bulging forehead is quite normal for this ethnic group. But the depth and symbolism of the carvings is quite extraordinary. I have spent some time in trying to determine the significance of this… Continue reading

Museum Quality Chokwe Ceremonial Bird Mask. Angola / DRC. Africa.

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    An object d’art wooden bird mask, with a quality suitable for a museum exhibit. Superbly carved by Chokwe artisans to honor divine ancestors.   Acquired from a Pretoria South African Gallery whose owner has direct access to chiefs in the Congo. Based on my purchases and… Continue reading

Horned Kuba Helmet Mask. Wood & Paint. Bwoom. DRC. Congo. Africa

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  This was quite a find.   One of the three known royal masks, the helmet Bwoom is one of the oldest mask types used by the Kuba. These were introduced in the 17th Century by King Miko mi-Mbul.   Most often used in funerals, they are also used… Continue reading

Marka / Warka Mask with Brass. Bamara. Cloth hood. Mali. Africa.

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    The largest ethnic group in Mali are the Bamara… about 2.5 million. In the northern region of the Bamara territory are the Marka (aka Warka), known for their unique and artistic masks covered with brass or copper and other adornments.   The masks are generally carved with… Continue reading

Dan Peoples Wooden Mask. Zakpai. Runner. Northern Dan. Cote D’ivoire. Africa

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  I love this mask . . . primitive yet so very elegant!   A typical “male” Dan mask (round eye holes) known as the “fire runner” or “zakpai”. They were worn by young men who ran through the villages of the northern Dan tribes dressed in full… Continue reading

Indonesian Ceremonial Dance Mask. Wood. Hand Painted. Cirebon. Java. Indonesia

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    This mask was used in a dramatic form of Indonesian dance called Topeng. Such masks are used to interpret traditional stories concerning fabled kings, heros and myths.   Hand made and hand painted in the mid-1900s and acquired in Cirebon in West Java (about 200 miles east… Continue reading

Antique Pharaoh Mask Figure. Private Collection. Clay. Egypt

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    From a very large collection from an Egyptian family. This mask was made in the 17th Century by Egyptian craftsmen.   Very unusual timeline but after hearing the complete story from my agent in Canada, I do believe this carved mask is a few hundred years old.   Stand not included.

Pre-Columbian Ritual Mask. Inca. Peru. Collectors Estate. Clay. Peru

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    Purchased from the estate of Garcia Fernandez Collection in Miami Florida. Mr. Fernandez lived in Peru from 1950 to 1980. This piece was collected in 1968.   Even though there have been repairs made, there are no major pieces missing. Stand is not included.

Old Tribal Bakongo Double-Faced Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap. Manyanga Tribe. Kongo Kingdom. DRC. Africa

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River. The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading
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