Democratic Republic of Congo, ca. 19th or early 20th century. A finely carved ceremonial mask with flanged chin, interlocking teeth, slender nose, and slit, oval eyes with face outlining well as scarification markings on cheeks and forehead. The mask is painted in black and red paint for a striking contrast and is topped and backed by a woven hood with loop stitching.
Size: 11 inches H. + custom mount.
Ex. Dr Milton Best Collection; Acquired from Royal Athena Gallery New York 1988. Ex Sotheby’s Important Tribal Art, London, June 29th 1987, lot 224.
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