Lega inhabits the virgin forest of eastern DRC, between the great lakes and the Lualaba River, next to Luba people. These small masks are sometimes called “Passport” masks due to their use as identification. They are often sewn onto a piece of cloth & carried on the person in a pouch. They are miniature copies of family masks and enable the carrier to retain contact with the spirit embodied in the parent mask. The masks are used to invoke benevolent spirits during secret society meetings. They also demand offerings from initiates during initiation ceremonies such as libations. In addition to warding off evil, the miniature masks also serve as witnesses during initiation ceremonies. The following miniature mask has a black patina and shows visible signs of age and usage.
Age:Approximately 55-70 yrs
Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo
|Dimensions||4 × 7 × 12.5 cm|