LwalwaREGION OF ORIGIN:
Democratic Republic of CongoMATERIAL:
14.75" (37.5 cm)CONDITION:
This dynamic face mask is known as mvondo. It features cubist angles and a flanged coiffure, with evidence of multiple applications of pigment stain throughout various portions of the face. It is aged with signs of use. Lwalwa sculptors evolved to become privileged members of the tribe and were highly paid for their craft. Their skills were often passed down from father to son. The Lwalwa are famous for their dancing and masks play an important part in their celebrations, particularly the secret rituals of the Bangongo society, within which young men were initiated into adulthood.