A: The first photo was sent with several others. I thought I should share it with you because it is very popular with collectors. The Lega are a large ethnic group in the one of the largest countries of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lega masks are used as initiation objects in the Bwami society. Unlike many masks in other African cultures, the masks of the Lega are not usually worn over the face, they are attached to the body, held in the hand or simply hung on fences during the initiation ceremonies. I’m also posting another Lega mask from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection which is different because white kaolin makes the concave portion of the face stand out. Both are beautiful because of their simple design.