Kongo Funeral Mask

c. 1900
$680 USD
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Dimensions
W: 8.0" D: 9.0" H: 15.0"
Materials
Wood
Paint
Steel
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CAA0926
Estimated Shipping
$100

The Kongo people were renowned for dozens of art forms, however, unlike most tribes, mask making was extremely rare. Few occasions warranted such intricate, sculptural work. The sealed eyes imply that this was a funereal mask, made in the likeness of an important individual in the tribe. During colonial Africa, the simplified, representative facial features of masks, like this one, became a major inspiration for European artists as they developed more expressionistic styles.

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