From: Congo | Kasai

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 58-17-93
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. Knotted raffia fringe runs along edge from one ear down around "beard" to the other. Facial features are highlighted in black and white on the light wood. Heavy-lidded eyes have white paint at corners and black dabs at center. "Frowning" mouth has white center and black lips. 4 vertical black lines on forehead. Band along lower edge of face is painted black with several rows of white triangles carved into cheek area. A black band runs down center of beard and cheek motif is repeated on each side of beard. A white line is painted along hairline where cap is attached to wood. Peaked black raffia cap rests behind prominent forehead. A half-round flat raffia construction projects up behind the peak, and turns into a woven cover for back and sides of the wearer's head.

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

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