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Kete Google Eyed Mask Congo 23 Inch African Art

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Title Kete Google Eyed Mask Congo 23 Inch African Art
Type of Object Helmet mask
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo.
People Kete
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 23.5 Inches
Width: 9 Inches
Overall Condition Poor. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair cracks with indigenous repairs in head and face, cracks in places, hole in head, chips, scratches, scrapes

Additional Information: It is important to note that stylistically the Kuba and relevant peoples such as the Kete, Biombo, Binji, Ngeende, Ngoongo, and so forth share the same artistic traditions of the masks. They borrow styles from one another. They sometimes order masks from a neighboring artist. The same mask may serve more than one purposes and even be used by more than one group.  The ritual use of this unique mask is similar to the larger and more familiar "bwoom" mask of the Kuba. This mask was worn mainly during initiation ceremonies and at funerals.

The Kete are a sub-group of the Kuba, farming along the southern border of Kuba territory in the south-central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their immediate neighbors are the Salampasu and Lwalwa. The majority of the "pure" Kuba live to the north. The Kete live in independent villages led by family chiefs and share many of the same beliefs and ceremonies as the Kuba. They have produced figures, masks, and other utilitaria objects such as stools and figural water pipes. The Kete may well have borrowed some artistic styles from their Kuba and Luluwa neighbors. Their styles of masks are very close to those of the Kuba.  The present mask is a perfect example of the connection beteween the Kete and the Kuba.


See a close similar example in  jacques Kerchache (ed.), Art of Africa, fig. 744