Mwana Ngulu mask from the Chokwe people


Q:  I recently purchased this mask at an auction on Catawiki. I like it very much but I am not sure how genuine it is. Maybe you can help me with your knowledge. I do know it is a Ngulu Boar/Pig Mask and recent.  Duarte, 1334

A:  The mask is made of wood and painted with brown and black kaolin.The mane is made of strips of curled black fabric. It represents a domesticated pig that performs tricks. These masks are used during magical dance rituals in which the dancer is on all fours. The Chokwe can be found in Angola and the DRC. This mask is a nice reproduction. An authentic version would be hard to find and very expensive.  B
































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