Lot: 332

Beautiful female face mask "mbuya ya mukhetu" (or "gambanda / kambanda")

D. R. Congo, Pende

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 7.3 inch / 9.8 inch (with bonnet) 7000 EUR / 12000 EUR

wood, red, white and black pigment, rest. (chin), base This mask captivates with the unusual delicacy and charm of its facial features. The finely curved eyebrows are arranged in two separate arches, the nose and mouth are strikingly small, and the ears and facial structure show almost naturalistic touches. She wears an elaborately crafted bonnet that was once completely covered with finely plaited strands of plant fibre.

Strother, Z.S., Inventing masks, Chicago 1998, p. 217 ff.