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Zela Animal Mask Ears Congo African Art

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Title Zela Animal Mask Ears Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure
Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo
People Zela
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 23 Inches
Width: 12.5 Inches
Depth: 5.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Repaired mouth area, arrested bug damage, water marks, cracks, chips and wear


Additional Information: An interesting mask of an animal figure with elongated ears.  This mask is attributed to the Zela from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  


The Zela live in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are neighbors of the Luba, Tabwa, Hemba, Holoholo, and other small groups closed to the Luba. Their art is very similar to that of these peoples. With them, the Zela share the same types of carvings and the same themes, uses, and functions of their sculpture.  The hairstyle on the offered figure as well as the frontal scarification indicate a Tabwa influence. Masks are very rare among the Zela. Figures vary in size and form and are distinguished by their refinement. Hairstyle like o this figure is the most reproduced in their sculpture. The production of miniatures such as these is of great important. In this society, each individual is willing to protect himself against devils and negative forces.


 


See a drawn of a similar piece in Marc Leo Felix, 100 Peoples of Zaire And Their Sculpture, p. 205, fig. 15