LUBA MASKS, DRC

None of these masks show signs of having actually been danced. Despite their appearance, they were probably made to be sold.


LUBA
Mask 27
15" high
$400

LUBA
Mask 15
18" with raffia
$300

LUBA
Mask 18
10" high
$300

LUBA
Mask 10

10" high
$400

LUBA
Mask 21
10.5" high
$200

LUBA
Mask 23
10" high
$150

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

LUBA, MASKS, DRC

Of the several different mask types used by the Luba, this type of bowl-shaped mask elaborated with parallel grooves was worn with a raffia costume and danced in male/female couples representing spirits, kifwebe, which connect this world with the spirit world. Masks like these were used to mark important periods of social transition and transformation, they appeared at the death of a chief or other eminent person.


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