KWELE MASK 4

KWELE
MASK 4,
16" high
$350
Gabon

 

These Kwele masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

Kwele masks are controlled by the Bwete association, which maintains social order. They are used in ceremonies to promote well-being and community. Some did not have eye slits and were shown to onlookers rather than worn. The masks are considered to be among the most beautiful in African art.

 

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