Description: Africa, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo or Sudan, possibly Zande/Azande, ca. early 20th century CE. A finely carved face mask depicting an expressive visage with half-closed eyes, a high forehead adorned with incised geometrics perhaps representing a crowning hairline, generous concave eyebeds, a long, straight nose, a protruding open mouth showing teeth, and a petite chin - with white pigment remaining and perforations along the perimeter. This piece shows features commonly depicted on Zande masks including a rounded and flattened face and the open mouth showing teeth. Zande masks are incredibly rare, and assuming this mask is a Zande mask it would have been used by the Mani society during funeral ceremonies. The secret Mani society has traditionally celebrated the significance of women. They create highly ornamented female statuettes called yanda to protect members from illness, evil spirits, and any danger. Masks like this example, however, are exceedingly rare! Size: 2.75" x 5.25" W x 9" H (7 cm x 13.3 cm x 22.9 cm) Provenance: Ex- Adeon Gallery, Nick Poolos, Chicago, IL acquired before 1970. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113220
Condition Report: Expected surface wear and pigment loss.
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