Lot: 447

87th Tribal Art Auction

Mask "mbuya"

D. R. Congo, Pende

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Guy Schraenen, Antwerp, Belgium H: 7.3 inch (mask) This object is not available anymore.

wood, reddish brown patina, black paint, kaolin, bonnet and remains of a costume form raffia bast, hairdo with dark plant fibre, min. dam., slight traces of abrasion, base. Mask type called "the female mask" or "gambanda". The dancer dresses like a beautiful young girl liable to become the trophy wife of a high-status male. The female mask dances to the rhythms of comtemporary popular dances and performs little comedies with a mirror and comb to suggest her vanity and preoccupation with appearance.

Strother, Z.S., Inventing masks, Chicago 1998, 217 ff.