From: Congo | Kasai

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 58-17-92
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Bapende
Provenience Congo | Kasai
Section African
Materials Wood | Raffia

Carved and painted wooden face mask with stylized beard and basketry cap. Raffia fringe is knotted along edge from one ear down around "beard" to the other. Facial features are highlighted in black on the light wood. The mouth and heavily-lidded eyes are open only a slit. Black eyebrows meet at center of the forehead. Large patches, on the forehead and each cheek, are carved flat and painted black. The "beard" has an irregular pattern of diamonds and triangles. Woven raffia cap is black with a peak in front and a round flat projection in back to rest on the wearer's head.

Length 47.5 cm
Width 36.3 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Harry B. Wright, 1958

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