African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Lele mask

Lele mask (N° 22827)

Shallow, features carved in low relief, this Lele mask is distinguished by its highlighted eyes and mouth and pointed nose. Its smooth, lustrous surface bears a reddish-brown patina, darker in places. Erosions.
The Lélé, close to the Tschokwe and the Pende, live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural specificities with the Bushoong of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. Their society headed by a "nymi" king, includes three classes, that of the Tundu or warlords, the Batshwa ("those who reject the Tundu authority") and the Wongo called by the name of the neighboring ethnic group. The ritual ceremonies are under the authority of the oldest, chiefs of each village who hold the secrets of medicinal plants. These elders once formed, with the parents of twins, spiritual intermediaries, the bangang brotherhood responsible for the initiation of young people. The sculptor is in charge of extracting the palm wine, he also weaves the raffia. It produces the ritual cups in which the palm wine is consumed to conclude an agreement.
Source: "Kuba", ed. 5continents, Binkley and Darish, "African art", Mazenod.  

340.00 
Possibility of payment in2x (2x 170.0 €)

This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost





OriginCollection française G.
EthnyLele
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm25
Width13 cm
Weight0.38 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

You could also be interested by these items
Masque BembeMasque LegaMasque DanMasque PunuMasque Lulua

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts


You have question on this item ? contact us

22828

Previously viewed items
African art  -  New York - Paris - London

© 2022 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100
visa Master CardPaypal