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 22
13.25" high
$400 

Mbaka Style
Mask 23
11" high
$300 

Mbaka Style
Mask 24
11.5" high
$150 

 

Mbaka Style
Mask 25
15.25" high
$125


Mbaka Style
Mask 3
16" high
$350

Mbaka Style
Mask 7
12" high
$200
 

Mbaka Style
Mask 8
8.75" high
$200
 


 

Mbaka Style
Mask 9
15.25" high
$250

Mbaka Style
Mask 11
13.25" high
$225
 

Mbaka Style
Mask 17
11" high
$200
 

Mbaka Style
Mask 18
11.5" high
$200
 

 

Mbaka Style
Mask 19
8.75" high
$200
 

Mbaka Style
Mask 20
12" high
$250

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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