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Ngbaka Mask Toothy Congo African Art

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Title Ngbaka Mask Toothy Congo African Art
Type of Object Face mask
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo
People Ngbandi
Materials Wood, metal, pigment
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions 13.75 inches H. x 8 inches W. x 4 inches D.
Overall Condition Good. 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 General wear


Ngbaka Mask Toothy DR Congo African. This mask shows traces of wear and use.


Additional Information: This face mask comes from a mixed area where Ngbandi and Ngbaka share not only the land but also the same artists and the same artistic tradition. A close look on this mask reveals the mask belongs to the Ngbaka people rather than to the Ngbandi. Despite the absence of horizontal notches on the nose of this mask, other features such as the use of dark and white pigment,  the open mouth with teeth, the open eyes and the general form of the mask recall  Ngbaka masks.


The Ngbaka and Ngbandi live in an area bounded by the Ubangi and Lualaba River systems with the Ngombe scattered along the Lualaba River. The Ngbaka moved into the area inhabited by the Ngbandi and as a result both groups share sculpture forms and the details of scarification that often leads to some confusion as to the attribution of their masks. Though both groups use masks they are less numerous among the Ngbandi than among the Ngbaka where masks are known as Dagara and are used during initiation ceremonies known as Ganza or Gaza for young men and when boys are circumcised. Northwestern masks are less finished or detailed and were used during initiation ceremonies of young boys.


Recommended Reading: Kerchache's ART OF AFRICA


 I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.