Africa | Helmet Mask. Maninka people. 20th century. Fiber | Masks of fiber, cloth, feathers, leather, and other non-wood construction are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, but because of ethnocentric relegation to the category of minor or craft-oriented forms, they have often been neglected by collectors as well as researchers. This example, consisting largely of dyed and natural fibers, may represent a lion and was used by a youth association.
A LEGA MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO of oval form, and pierced around the rim for the attachment of a fiber beard, with concave heart shaped facial plane, slit mouth and raised linear nose flanked by pierced slit eyes; aged patina with traces of kaolin. height 9 1/2 in. 24.1 cm