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Fine KUBA Lele mask - KUBA - Congo (RDC)

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Fine KUBA Lele mask - KUBA - Congo (RDC)

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DRC, Congo- End XIXTh-Early 20th century - Good condition-Provenance Alfons Bermel

Fine-KUBA Lele mask - KUBA - beyond the Kasai River to the west- Congo (RDC)- good condition- End XIXth - Early 20th century
Coming from the collection of Alfons Bermel, Berlin, Germany

H= 33 cm, 43 cm on the custom stand.
Wood, remains of yellow pigments in a dotted motive and Tokula powder

The face that has nice scarification's lines around the eyes giving it a strong expression, some cracks in the wood near the chin otherwise good condition ( see pictures).

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 such a nice and expressive Lele with a good provenance.

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: H= 33 cm, 43 cm on the custom stand.

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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Please note: seller guarantees this mask authenticity.

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  • Excellent seller as always. Highly recommended.

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