The Ngbaka used masks within the scope of
the initiation and circumcision rituals, called
gaza: “that which gives strength”. These
masks were worn by the man charged with
instruction and circumcision and in feasts
following young mens’ period of seclusion.
The vertical ridges over the nose and forehead
is similar to their actual facial scarifications.
Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York, Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Height: 11 ⅝”
Height including stand: 16 ¼"
Width: 8 ⅝”
Depth: 3 ½”