A Mbunda facemask

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Lot 2598
A large and important Mbunda facemask
height 22in

US$ 18,000 - 22,000£ 14,000 - 17,000
A large and important Mbunda facemask
Zambia, of exaggerated form, the dome-shaped mask covered in red pigment. Fine interior patination from handling. Fine overall patination.
height 22in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Alain Naoum Exhibited:
    Governors State University, IL, 2003
    Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003
    Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004
    Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005

    Published:
    Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.45, fig.100

    From the easternmost extensions into present day Zambia, initiation to manhood rituals known as Mukanda -- common to the Chokwe, Pende, Yaka and Suku among others -- utilized this gigantic mask. Such Mbunda masks, classified as makisi, are said to be ancestral spirits that frighten women and children and protect the young initiates. This example, known as Samahongo among the Mbunda, is said to represent an old diviner. Its massive head with greatly inflated cheeks echoes similar masks across the Mukanda complex such as Kakungu masks of the Kwango region and some Chikungu masks among the Chokwe. The almost perfect hemispherical profile and the careful interplay of facial planes place this among the finest known Samahongo masks.
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