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Exquisite Muminia Mask - medium dense hardwood and vegetal fibre - Lega - D.R.C.

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It dates to the 1920 /1930 period - Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear

Object: Exquisite Muminia Mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Lega
Region/ country: D.R.C.
Material: medium dense hardwood and vegetal fibre
Period: It dates to the 1920 /1930 period
Condition: Excellent condition, barely used with minimal signs of wear
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 30×20×10 cm
Weight: 0.415 kg

Declaration by Dr. P. Westerdijk

Exquisite Muminia Mask – Lega – D.R.C.

In top condition with some minor insect damage at the back. It dates to the 1920 /1930 period. On stand.

Provenance: Ex –collection of the van den Abeele Family, greater Brussels. Acquired from the last surviving member of the family by P. Westerdijk in 2014. The grandfather of the last owner came to Congo in 1906.

This fantastic bearded Muminia mask is one of the purest examples of its kind. It belongs to the group of the largest masks used by members of the Bwami society. It has strong simian features, showing the link the Lega thought to exist between their forebears and the big apes, of which both the low-land gorilla and the chimp were once roaming in the forest around them. Such big masks served as centre pieces on the display fence of wicher work (Pala) located in the open space of the village where the local chapter of the Bwami secret society held its meetings. Such masks were owned by famed office holders of the highest grade of the Bwami, i.e. the Kindi.A rare and fine item indeed.

Literature: Leloup Gallery: La sculpture des Lega, Paris, 1994, pp. 176.

Dimensions: 30 x 20 x 10 cm. The wood only.
People / Region: The Lega live in southern Kivu region of S.E. D.R.C.
Material: medium dense hardwood and vegetal fibre.
Weight: 0.415 kg.

Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.

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  • All Perfect! Really good package for very fragile mask!!

    user-d1f39c3 December 5, 2019

  • Monsieur merci pour cette livraison rapide. Je vais découvrir la lettre d’accompagnement.Un de mes frères spécialiste d'art africain doit passer me dire ce qu'il en pense.
    Cordialement FD

    user-434035c November 27, 2019

  • All was perfect, package, fast delivery , object as it was on pictures and kindness of seller

    poutsy November 21, 2019

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    Hello!
    The item arrived today in good condition.
    Especially I would like to thank Dr. P.Westerdijk
    for his kind and informative letter.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Georg Pimenoff
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    user-a327516 November 21, 2019

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    Très beau masque baule, belle patine
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    lovviere November 18, 2019

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    grazie per la bellissima maschera in ottime condizioni, molto apprezzata anche per la documentazione allegata.
    Apprezzo molto la sua professionalità, venditore da tenere in considerazione.
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    amatore46 November 12, 2019

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    The Beembe statue is wonderful. The delivery was fast. Excellent seller.
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    daddamt October 16, 2019

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    Vlotte transactie! goede verpakking, super snelle levering en prachtig object.
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    Tolles Objekte, wie beschrieben, sehr schön
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    user-6ab0a03 September 13, 2019

  • The mask is, in my opinion, older and more beautiful than the photos, and unquestionably authentic.
    The seller is a man of integrity, who has carefully vetted and described his objects for sale.

    BDR45 September 5, 2019

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    AAA ... Excelent !
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    solSOL September 2, 2019

  • Really a very beautiful mask of high quality and superb patina. A great delight to have this mask in my collection. Fast shipment and well packed, a seller who is conscientious and communicative.

    BDR45 August 30, 2019

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    Bon objet, perfecte description. Excelent vendeur. Merci..!!
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    fernando4878 August 28, 2019

  • Efficient, fast delivery. Am not in France and will give more feedback when I see the object

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    tatiefraise007 July 31, 2019

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    Everything perfect."Graceful mother" fits well in the home here. The seller, Mr Bastien, is a serious and kind person.
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    user-9f88b0b July 25, 2019

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    Très très bien.
    Toujours d’excellentes pièces d'Art Africaine. Et pour une troisième fois !!
    Emballage parfait. On ne regarde pas à la dépense...
    Je recommande vraiment.
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    Africpassion July 23, 2019

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    solSOL July 4, 2019

  • Great piece ! Perfect packaging.

    jmob June 15, 2019

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    solSOL June 12, 2019

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    solSOL May 29, 2019

  • Perfect transaction. Nice item, prompt shipping, good communication. Many Thanks!

    Rochettaz May 29, 2019

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    solSOL May 9, 2019

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    Mooiste item wat ik tot nu toe heb gewonnen bij Catawiki via deze erg professionele mensen bij de "bron". Waardevol provenance stuk erbij, iets om de rest van je leven van te genieten. Uitmuntend!!!!!
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    user-2ec6e84 April 4, 2019

  • Very nice mask, which was sent rapidly and well packed. Would buy again from this seler.

    laurentnilles April 4, 2019

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