YAKA HAND HELD MASK - DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO Hand-held masks are used by boys during the initiation and circumcision ceremonies of the Yaka. Approximately 25" top to bottom. 6" deep. 7" across. 12" across hat. Cane framework, Wood, Pigments, Fiber, Fabric, Pierced for attachment. Mid 20th Century or later. FROM A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION. Horned mask.
Yaka mask. Wood, pigments and various materials - 47 cm D.R. Congo Kholuka or Mbala, of extremely delicate features, classical hooked nose, half closed eyes. Coverd by colored pigments. Nice and ancient patina of use. Used in dances celebrating the emergence of young initiates from the Yaka circumcision camp. The initiates hold the masks when boys are ritually welcomed into the Yaka manhood. Provenance: Galerie J-P Jernander, Brussels. Private Collection, Belgium Estimate: € 4000 - 6000