ITURI MASKS, DRC

ITURI
Mask 9
10" - 21" high
$1600 

ITURI
Mask 10
9.5" - 20" high
SOLD

ITURI
Mask 11
9.5" -18.5" high
SOLD

ITURI
Mask 12
14.5" high
$1500

The four Ituri masks above have been vetted as authentic, with signs of use and age.

 

ITURI
Mask 13
11" high
$600

ITURI
Mask 14
10" - 25" high
$800

The two Ituri masks above have been vetted as authentic.

 

Despite their appearance, the masks below show no evidence of use or age and were probably made to be sold.

ITURI
Mask 2
10-14" high
SOLD

ITURI
Mask 3
12-17" high
$300

ITURI
Mask 4
11-15" high
$250
 

ITURI
Mask 6
9-17" high
$300

ITURI
Mask 7
9-20" high
$300

ITURI
Mask 15
11-18" high
$300

Photographs © Tim Hamill

ITURI, MASKS, DRC

People, including the Mbuti and Ndaka, of the Ituri rain forest use masks representing ancestor spirits in elaborate initiation ceremonies.

The masks utilize painted design elements on their surfaces that have long been associated with the better-known painted bark-cloth textiles of the Mbuti. A single pattern is usually repeated over the entire surface. Utilized in the context of a boy's initiation, these powerful masks are at once attractive and aggressive.

The measurements are the height of the mask, then the height of the mask plus raffia. All are wired for hanging.

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