This smaller Lega mask was used in teaching principals of morality during initiation ceremonies for young boys. These face masks as well as masks worn on the arm were exhibited on fences during the ceremonies. The mask has a heart shaped face, elongated nose, slit eyes, no mouth, narrow beard and honey brown patina with areas of kaolin
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a Montreal collection
Materials: Wood, pigment and fiber with custom base
Dimensions: 6 in. high x 4 in. wide
Condition: Mask in good condition with a vertical age crack along left facial plane
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