Mid-20th century CE
Wood with pigments
Height: 11 inches

This mask was created in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) during the mid-twentieth century. It is made out of wood and decorated with black pigment used to outline and white pigment to cover the face. The mask was created by a Lega artist. The Lega group thrives in the forests between the headwaters of the Congo River and the great lakes of East Africa. This mask is a typical Lega mask with an oval head, heart shaped face, and raised, narrow features. Lega masks are meant to be held instead of covering a person’s face. There are five drilled holes below the mouth to accommodate decorative attachments. This piece has been restored.