Lele Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lot 216Y
Lele Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sold for US$ 7,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Lele Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Wood, pigments, fur, fiber
height 13in (33cm)

Robert Keating, Washington D.C., acquired in Kinshasa in 1971-72
Pace Primitive, New York
Private Collection, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Robert Keating, was a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded developmental economist sent to aid the Mobutu government. Mr. Keating became friendly with then Kinshasa Museum director Joseph Cornet. They went on several field collecting trips together. Keating went on to become the US ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoro Islands and to serve as president of the World Bank

Of elongated form with an expression of tranquility, the rounded chin bordering a well-balanced face, squared at the top with large curved forehead with fur attached above a band with zig-zag design; the overall surface highlighted with encrusted red pigment with painted lines running horizontally across.
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  1. Fredric Backlar
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