MBAKA (NGBAKA) MASKS, DRC

 

Mbaka 21
8.5" high
$1500

This mask comes from a private New England collection.

Despite their appearance, the Mbaka masks below show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

Mbaka Style
Mask 9
15.25" high
$250

Mbaka Style
Mask 17
11" high
$200

Mbaka Style
Mask 20
12" high
$250

Mbaka Style
Mask 25
15.25" high
$125

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MBAKA (NGBAKA) STYLE MASKS, DRC

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 their appearance, these Mbaka masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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