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Seldom Black KUBA Lele mask - KUBA - Congo (RDC)

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DRC, Congo- Early to mid 20th century - Good condition

Black KUBA Lele mask - KUBA - beyond the Kasai River to the west- Congo (RDC)- good condition- Early to mid 20th century
Coming from the collection of Bob Germ, Hoboken, Belgium.
H= 30 cm, +/- 54 cm with the fibers part. Wood, fiber textiles, raffia, red and blue beads, remains of Tokula powder, black pigments. Indigenous restoration on the side of the face that has nice scarifications ( see pictures), otherwise good condition and complete coiffure.

Such masks appear principally at the funerals of chiefs and elders but are also used in annual performances that celebrate and teach the history of Lele origins and migrations. The Lele make masks that have much in common, both visually and functionally, with those of their neighbors in the central Kuba kingdom, but are much rarer.
It's quite seldom to find a black Lele, certainly with all it's fibers and in good condition.

A portrait mask of the first Kuba king wife.
There are more than twenty different types of masks that function within the men's initiation society. The Kuba Ngaady mask represents the ideal of beauty. It is one of three important Kuba mask, on the old picture taken at Mushenge in 1909 shows a similar mask: Ngady aMwaash, Bwoom, and Mosh'ambooy mu shall.

Size: 30cm, 54 cm on its included metal base

A collection from various sources, among them a fine lele mask, a complete Kuba costume, and more ..

This mask from David Norden's collection is sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
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    KaptanKrunch November 12, 2017

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    Toujours du Grand D.Norden = Très beau masque Goli avec belle patine d'utilisation- pigments rouges intenses-FANTASTIQUE
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    lovviere October 18, 2017

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    Alles perfect in orde. Zeer goede aankoop.
    Nogmaals dank. Jos belde
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    Josbelde October 9, 2017

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    Allways perfect transactions, excellent seller.
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    fernando4878 August 31, 2017

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    Ce masque Guere/Wobe dégage à la fois force et sérénité. De plus le masque a été livré en 24h chrono!!! Du jamais vu......
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    lovviere August 24, 2017

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