Lwalwa Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
shifola or tshikulukulu
height 10 1/4in (26cm)
Jay Last, California
American Private Collection
"According to Timmermans, the third type of male mask is the shifola, which has a shorter nose and curved forehead. Other authorities have called it tshikulukulu from the name of the owl whose beak is suggested by the curved nose of the mask." (Cornet, 1978: p. 183).
The example presented here is expertly crafted with layers of brass attached to the outer surface.