Lega masks form part of the Bwami initiation rites with Bembe influence. They serve as a mark of rank, identifying the owners as members of specific Bwami levels. Lega masks are rarely worn over the face and made of wood and kaolin. They are usually attached to different parts of the body, or hung on fences surrounding the dance area. Carved from Alstonia Congensis wood. This mask has some characteristics of the masks from the neighboring Bembe people.
Dimensions: 11 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W x 1 3/4" D
Dimensions on custom stand: 15 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W x 5" D
Ex. collection of gentleman who lived in the D.R. Congo between 1955 - 1973.