The Yaka mask has an expressive polychrome face with slit eyes, angular nose, open aggressive mouth baring teeth and a paddle shaped handle. The elaborate headdress is made of woven fiber with five raised cone forms. Attached to the mask’s rim is a collar of raffia. This Yaka mask was used during initiation ceremonies and represented male cult heroes associated with beauty and the life force of earth.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: Ex: Jonathan Franklin, Seattle, WA
Materials: Wood, pigment, fiber and raffia with a custom base
Dimensions: 19 in. high x 10 1/2 in. wide
Condition: Mask in good condition with some loss of pigment
Shipping: Included within continental United States. International shipping, please contact us for rates.