Kuba (Lele subgroup). <em>Mask</em>, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, pigments, fiber, 13 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (33 x 24.1 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Mr. and Mrs. Milton F. Rosenthal, Carll H. de Silver Fund and A. Augustus Healy Fund, 82.160. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.160_PS1.jpg)


Artist:Kuba (Lele subgroup)

Medium: Wood, pigments, fiber

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 13 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (33 x 24.1 x 21.6 cm)



Accession Number: 82.160

Image: 82.160_PS1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Facial portion of mask carved on a relatively flat wooden plate,squared on top and curved at bottom. Eyes are almond-shaped with narrow open slits in the center. There are three deeply carved continuous heart-shaped linesover the eyes, and one underneath. The areas between contain white and ochre pigment; the areas under each eye ochre only. The nose is in high relief- long, tapered and flared slightly at the nostrils. The mouth is a small slit with white pigment. The forehead is slightly convex. There are three diamond shaped cicatrizations on the forehead and one on each cheek. A knob in very high relief appears on either side of the eye. A raffia trim attachment outlines the face, and there is an elaborate raffia cap-like headdress. Condition: Very good. There are raffia losses on top of the headdress , but it is stable and not shedding. Pigment around the eyes is beginning to flake slightly.

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