Teke Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
height 14 1/4in (36.2cm)
George Chemeche, New York
According to Cornet (1978: p. 96), "Flat masks are for the most part strictly confined to the Tsai group of the Teke tribe and portray an abstractly interpreted human face. They are used by the members of the Kidumu society. The facial features, eyes, nose, and mouth, are only minor elements in a decorative whole accentuated by polychrome. At the same time, the design is a composition of symbols. The headdress ranges from simple to elaborate costumes of woven fiber and cloth, trimmed with feathers and fringes of raffia."
The original fiber costume was removed for shipping when Mr. Chemeche moved from France to New York in the 1970s.