Africa

Reproduction of Lega mask

 

 Q:  I have been trying to identify this mask for a while now.  It was a thrift shop purchased , and all I know is that it looks like it was from Africa.  The mask measures 14″ high x 8″ wide.  It looks like it was exposed to water at one time.   Steven, 1346

A:  This carving looks like many Lega masks that could be found in the large area of the eastern DRC which is home to this ethnic group. It probably was made there for visiting tourists or the worldwide collector market. Or it could have been made somewhere else. It would fit into any collection of traditional African mask reproductions. Unfortunately, authentic Lega masks (and those of other tribes) are hard to find and very expensive.  B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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