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Tabwa Helmet

$5,200.00

Tabwa Helmet

$5,200.00

Wood, cowrie shells

Origin: DRC region

Interesting facts:  This anthropomorphic female mask is in some way the counterpart of the male mask Buffalo with large lateral horns, well known in the ancient Tabwa arts. It represents the female ancestor and dances in rituals. The face is scarified with lateral lines and the cap is very nicely designed.  In each eye is an enchanting cowrie shell. This is a classic example of the Tabwa mask.  This mask appears to be a reliquary as it has, carved into the apex of the head, a hole where a brass bell hangs with an old Venetian bead inside.  Note that this mask has an open mouth – evidence of a beautiful stylistic quality in accordance with the canons of the Tabwa Art.

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Wood, cowrie shells

Origin:  Centra Africa (DRC region)

Weight 0.8 kg
Dimensions 18.5 × 17 × 20 cm
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