= Antique African LEGA Congo Wood & Kaolin Passport Mask 6" Maskette LUKWAKONGO

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller imeon ✉️ (7,777) 100%, Location: Spring, Texas, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 235080814332 = Antique African LEGA Congo Wood & Kaolin Passport Mask 6" Maskette LUKWAKONGO. Antique African LEGA Congo Wood & Kaolin Passport Mask 6" Maskette LUKWAKONGO For your consideration is an authentic antique tribal artifact from Africa - a maskette, or a passport mask Lega People of The Eastern Congo (today's DRC, Congo-Kinshasa). The Lega are a Bantu subgroup, inhabiting the Lualaba River valley and north shores of Lake Tanganyika Rendered in a local hardwood, carved from a single piece. The face is colored white with Kaolin, taken from local riverbed. Heart-shaped facial plane with coffee-bean eyes and elongated nose Stylized beard from a local plant fiber Such diminuvite Lega masks are known as Lukwakongo (also known as Bulinda ) and were worn on the arm, carried in the hand, attached to a hat or on the forehead (with the plant fiber beard flung above the eyes of the bearer), or grouped with other similar masks on a fence or dwelling The social and spiritual lives of the Lega people are governed by an important initiation society known as Bwami - responsible for spiritual and cultural teachings, morality and ethics, and different celebrations, dances and rituals (including circumcisions and funerals). It has different grades, and each has a corresponding object or sculpture (isengo ) that is associated with it. A Lega man must voluntarily pass through all five grades (levels) of initiation to be considered a well-rounded member of society Lukwakongo masks are the symbol of a Lutumbo Iwa Yananio initiates - the fourth grade (level) of initiation into Bwami - the second to last level. Such masks are given by the teachers to the initiates, who attach the ornament to their arms, sides of their heads or on their hats and foreheads. The ornament is considered to be the most significant insignia of the rank until it is traded for the ornament of the last, fifth grade (Kindi ) These masks are symbols of continuity through the generations An exceptional piece, exhibiting the characteristic motifs and style of the art of the people of Eastern Congo (Zaire) - in this case, the Lega Lega People, Congo, Central Africa - early 20th century References: Hamill Gallery of Tribal Art; Brooklyn Museum, New York (71.173) (https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/4820); Roslyn A. Walker - Arts of Africa, 2015; Jean-Baptiste Bacquart - The Tribal Arts of Africa (1998) Provenance: The Gordon B. Lankton Collection of African Art This and all African artifacts we sell are 100% guaranteed to be Genuine, Authentic and Antique, NOT modern reproductions or souvenirs made for the tourist trade. We will provide provenance whenever possible, and a Certificate of Authenticity from our gallery can be attached upon buyer request PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS! Measurements: Approx. 6.1" x 4.7" the face itself (16 cm x 12 cm) (without the beard locks) Condition: Please see photos below. All original. Some roughness at the extremities from ceremonial use. Superb original patina, developed over time. We Will Combine Shipping Whenever Possible For Your Convenience! Local Pickups Are Welcome! Take a look at the other items we have for sale now. Click here to visit our eBay Store! Please e-mail us for additional photos or information that can give you a better idea about this item! Buyer is responsible for the actual shipping cost Our items are described with the best of our knowledge and ability. To avoid any misunderstandings and in case of any doubt, please e-mail us. We will be glad to answer all of your questions and provide additional photos and/or information
  • Condition: Please see photos below. All original
  • Tribe: Lega
  • Maker: Lega People, Congo
  • Material: Wood
  • Original/Reproduction: Original
  • Color: White

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