MBAKA (NGBAKA) MASKS, DRC

This mask comes from a private New England collection.


 

Mbaka 21
8.5" high
$1500

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

Mbaka 22
12.25" high
$400 

Mbaka 23
15.5" high
$300 

Mbaka 24
9.5" high
$150 

 

Mbaka 25
7" high
$125


Mbaka 3
16" high
$350

Mbaka 7
12" high
$200 

Mbaka 8
8.75" high
$200 


 

Mbaka 9
15.25" high
$250

Mbaka 11
13.25" high
$225 

Mbaka 17
11" high
$200 

Mbaka 18
11.5" high
$200 

 

Mbaka 19
9" high
$200 

Mbaka 20
12" high
$250



Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MBAKA (NGBAKA), MASKS, DRC

The MBAKA (or NGBAKA) people of northwest Zaire use masks representing ancestor spirits in elaborate initiation ceremonies. With similarities in style to Bembe and especially Lega masks, Mbaka masks are recognizable primarilly for their ridged noses.


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