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Teke Mask

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
Tribe: Teke - Tsaayi
Age: New

These disk-shaped masks originate from the upper Ogowe region. The social and political structure of the Teke people was illustrated by the kidumu masquerade. These masquerades took place within a ceremonial context. French colonial rule prevented this tradition from continuing. When the Congo gained independence the masquerade was revived for entertainment purposes. The masks have narrow eye slits to enable the masker to see without being seen. They have holes pierced along the edge for the attachment of a woven raffia dress with feathers and fibres. The dress would add to the mask's costume and conceal the wearer.

Dimensions: 30x28x4cm