Lot 173: A fine Bakongo mask - Manyanga subgroup

People: Kongo - Manyanga
DR Congo
H: 12 3/4"
This expressive mask was collected as 'Munyanga from the Malebo area' by a missionary family in Congo shortly after WWII. The mask is powerfully carved with hair, eyebrows and beard all burnished, while the brow is heavy and the face aggressive with a wide nose and open mouth. The exterior is polished while the interior is well worn, but carved roughly. A rare and fine example. On a custom base.

From a New England Missionary family, By descent to a private NY collector.

Price Realized: $3,500

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