Lot 179: A Yaka initiation mask

People: Yaka
DR Congo
H. 23"
The mask of classical Yaka style with upturned nose, visor like band across the forehead, deep eyes, and small mouth with barred teeth. The face pigmented in reds, white and shades of blue. The coif of old cloth largely intact as is the fiber ruff. On a custom Base. - Authenticated by Dr. Arthur P. Bourgeois - World authority on Yaka and Suku.

Collected in Congo prior to 1970 by Lawson Mooney, former Director of Catholic Aid Agencies; Dr. Kenneth Adelman, former US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, and one time member of USAID, Zaire, c. 1975; A NY Private collection.

Price Realized: $300

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