The Lega mask was used in teaching principals of morality during initiation ceremonies for young boys into the Bwami society. These face masks were danced or exhibited on fences or piled in stacks with other masks during the ceremonies. The mask has a heart shaped face, coffee bean eyes, linear nose, diminutive mouth and remnants of white kaolin.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Mid 20th c
Provenance: From a New Mexico collection
Materials: Wood and pigment with custom base
Dimensions: 8 1/2 in. high x 6 1/2 in. wide
Condition: Appears in very good condition with some abrasions and loss of pigment
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