Bangongo Mask from the Congo [Object of the Day #25]

July 20, 2012

Bangongo Mask from the Congo
Bangongo Mask from the Congo

This mask face was made by the Bangongo people of the Belgian Congo. It is decorated with geometric designs and two metal studs between eyes. The hairline is decorated with blue and white beads and cowrie shells. Dark colored cloth used on top of mask as hair. Cowrie shells are attached in 15 rows. Woven raffia cloth decorates the sides of the mask.

Penn Museum Object #AF3685.

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