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Finely Executed Lega Mask
High 26 cm.
Wood, Lega people, Zaire
P R O V E N A N C E: New Jersey private collection.
Finely Executed Lega Mask, face mask used during initiation ceremonies, typically heart-shaped face with globular coffee – bean eyes, a liner nose and a diminutive mouth usually located in a pointed chin. White pigments are applied to the mask.
Lega art is exclusively focused on and associated with the Bwani society. Each object has a precise role and function within their ceremonies and rituals and is used only by the initiated. These artifacts are numerous and are created from a variety of materials, particularly wood, ivory, bone and elephant hide.
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