Lot: 253

95th Tribal Art Auction

Anthropomorphic mask "ishyeen imaalu"

D. R. Congo, Kuba

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 9.3 inch 1200 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, colour pigments, rest. In this beautiful old mask the bonnet including grass fiber tufts and feathers has been preserved, a headdress, as it was worn only by warriors of the Kuba ("iyool"). This mask is part of a mask triad used by the "babende" male society, which can be found in many villages in central and northern Kuba.


Binkley, David A. & Patricia Darish, Kuba, Milan 2009, Pl. 11