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African Mask, Congolese II
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Suggestive of Teke stylistic origins in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), this mask is a fabulous expressionistic rendition of extremely abstract design in African art.  The overall shape of the mask is concave like a rectilinear shovel or shield.  Its slightly raised engraving uses geometric patterns to depict a recognizable image of a human head and face.  There are conical ears, highly arched eyebrows, a squarish mouth and an arrow-like nose.  Keloidal scarification highlights the forehead and cheeks. Cross-hatching suggests hair that has been neatly trimmed and razor-edged.  This is a creation by a well-skilled artisan.  Wood, handcrafted probably in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire).   Collected prior to 2006.

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