Beautiful mask from the Congo


Q: I bought this mask in Berne, it’s from Gabun. I did a long internet research and didn’t find anything closely resembling. But I found your website, a treasure trove. I’d be happy if you could give me more information about this mask. Thank you!  Maja, 596

A: To me this handsome mask combines the characteristics of several cultures located in the central part of the DRC, formerly the Belgian Congo. If it truly came from that area it would be called a hybrid. Another possibility is little to the west of the DRC in Gabon and Cameroon where there are skilled craftsmen who specialize in reproductions of masks from different African cultures. Some of these guys can match the high quality of yours. If someone disagrees with me I hope they will comment.

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