|Title||Luba Helmet Mask Ram Horns Congo Africa Custom Base|
|Type of Object||helmet mask|
|Country of Origin||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Approximate Age||Mid 20th century|
|Dimensions||Height: 13 Inches
Width: 15 Inches
Depth: 11 Inches
38 inches tall on stand; 9 x 10 inch base
|Damage/Repair||both horn tips broken and repaired. some cavities, cracks, stains|
Additional Information: A delightful helmet mask with intricately carved features. The long, crescent shaped eyes and the flat beard on the chin suggest it was likely carved by the Luba people. The brows and coiffure are decorated with geometric textures, and the mask has two large curved horns like a ram. Mask is equipped with a custom base for immediate display.
The Luba are an ancient people, having established themselves in their homelands late in the 16th century. They continued to flourish as a major regional power until late in the 19th century.Though no longer a powerful kingdom, Luba art continues to enchant and inspire art lovers around the globe.
Neyt Francois, LUBA TO THE SOURCES OF THE ZAIRE, 1994, Editions Dapper
Mary Nooter Roberts and Allen F. Roberts, MEMORY. LUBA ART AND THE MAKING OF HISTORY, 1996, Prestle