Lot: 172

82nd Tribal Art Auction

Helmet mask "tshibangabanga"

D. R. Congo, Bindji

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Peter Loebarth, Hameln, Germany
Hans Dietrich Rielau, Hösbach, Germany
H: 15 inch 2000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, painted in black, red and white pigment, accentuated eyebrows and cheeks, incised scarification marks, rep. (right ear), min. dam., small missing parts, cracks, slight traces of abrasion, base; the Bindji are well known for their elaborate carved pipes and their powerful helmet masks "tshibangabanga" which are very similar to the "bwoom" masks of the Kuba. They are worn by the master of initiation camp.


Schädler, Karl-Ferdinand, Encyclopedia of African Art and Culture, München 2009, p. 106