MBAKA (NGBAKA) STYLE MASK 23, DRC



Photographs © Tim Hamill

MBAKA (NGBAKA)
MASK 23
15.5 " high x 9" wide
$300

The MBAKA (or NGBAKA) people of northwest Zaire use masks representing ancestor spirits in elaborate initiation ceremonies. With similarities in style to Bembe and especially Lega masks, Mbaka masks are recognizable primarilly for their ridged noses.

Despite its appearance, we believe this Mbaka mask was probably made to be sold.

Note that there is some wood loss on the front at the top and bottom of the eye area and, on the back, at the top and along one side.

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