Photographs © Tim Hamill
12"-17" high x 8"-14" wide
Despite its appearance we believe this mask was probably made to be sold.
People, including the Mbuti and Ndaka, of the Ituri rain forest use masks representing ancestor spirits in elaborate initiation ceremonies. The masks utilize painted design elements on their surfaces that have long been associated with the better-known painted bark-cloth textiles of the Mbuti. A single pattern is usually repeated over the entire surface. Utilized in the context of a boy's initiation, these powerful masks are at once attractive and aggressive.
The measurements are the height of the mask, then the height of the mask plus raffia, the width of the mask, then the width plus raffia. It is wired for hanging.
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