This is a great Bugle Dan Mask from the Democratic republic of the Congo. Masks are empowered by the strongest of supernatural spirit forces. This mask first comes to the carver in a dream in regard to warfare and carving a mask to scare his enemies. The dreamer, who must be an initiated member of the men's society, reports the dream to the council of elders. They then decide whether the masquerade ensemble should be created for that man to wear and perform. A Bugle masks eyes are usually either triangular or round, projecting as tubes, or carved out. The face tends to be less flat and to have boldly projecting surfaces. It is meant to be fearsome because it functions to create excitement. The persona of these masks once were associated with warriors, and whipped battle participants into action, frightened the enemy, and sometimes led the soldiers into battle. They dance with appropriate vigor. Bugle masks has been labeled masculine because of this aggressive behavior. This is an old mask and was collected in the field. It has a wonderful encrusted patina, and would be a great addition to your collection.
4 1/2" deep
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