Global Art & Artifacts

Kwese Wood and Raffia Initiation Mask.  Gungu.  Kwilu River.  DRC.  Congo

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This is an initiation ceremonial mask from the Kwese people.  This group is governed by a group of chiefs . . .  from everyday life to agriculture.


Masks play a crucial role in protecting boys during the vulnerable period between boyhood and manhood.  Kwese masks have a heart-shaped face and – when not used or worn by ceremonial dancers during initiation and circumcision rites – were kept in fetish houses where offerings are made to them.  Notice the neck cloth.


I would consider this in museum-quality condition although there are traces of use inside and out.  Circa 1970s.


For the Serious Collector.  Stand not included.


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