African art > Usual african items > Boa panel
Supposed to render invulnerable and in order to terrify the enemy, the African art mask kpongadomba des boa was commanded by the chief kumu who offered it to the most valiant warrior. It was then kept in his wife's hut. This panel intended to be hung in the boxes is carved from a mask motif with oversized ears, perforated like the pavilions of the ears of the Eastern Boa, the bavobongo. It gave an impressive appearance to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors. Close to the Mangbetu and Zande, the Boa live in the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some Boas have reportedly used these masks for educational purposes with children, since the pacification of the Uele region.
Patine polychrome matte, dandruff. Abrasions, restorations using metal staples.