Lot: 30493rd Tribal Art Auction
Anthropomorphic mask "mbuya"
D. R. Congo, Pende
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Jean Zimmermann, New York, USA||
H: 11 inch;
T: 14.6 inch
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, pigments, plant fibre, raffia bast, base The identification of a specific mask character depends largeley on aspects of the costume, including the headdress and acessories, and the choreography of the dance. Althought the present mask's exact name cannot be determined outside of the performance context, its facial features, along with its raffia coiffure, may identify it as representing a mask genre called "pota" or "ginjinga", both known for their acrobatic and extravagant dances.