This is a wonderful Carved Wood with Glass Eyes Yombe Mask from the Tribal People of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An expressive mask, the facial features are carved with great concern for detail and naturalistic expression that are often found in the masks of the Villi. Masks are used during initiations and funerals of important individuals, or they may have social control functions or used by diviners and healers. When used by diviners the mask exercised power in the same fashion as the well-known nkissi figures (also known as nail fetishes). The subtle relief carving of the face with the prominent mouth showing carved teeth add to the character of this mask. Among neighboring Kongo peoples red is used for bravery, male potency; black for darkness and white to illustrate illumination and knowledge or femininity, fertility and social harmony. White also makes reference to female ancestral spirits known as simbi. This unique mask would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.
COMES ON STAND
This mask shows age, is encrusted with discoloration, but is in good condition
Mask on Stand
14 1/2" tall
10 1/2" tall
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