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Lwalwa mask, D.R.C.
12" x 7"
wood, pigment
mid 20th century
ex private collection, CA
ex Gallery Italiande, Netherlands (late 80's)

A nice example of this distinctive type of mask. I like the proportions of this particular mask with the length of the
nose being the same length as the angled peaks of the forehead. Lwalwa masks were primarialy used in initiation
and circumcision ceremonies, while some were danced during hunting rituals. The hole above the mouth would
have originally held a rope in it tied in a knot on the outside, and in the inside a piece of wood would have been
attached to it that the dancer held in his teeth.

SOLD$2000