Tetela Mask (CMSK 056)

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The Tetela are an ethnic group of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, located in the region between Lusambo and the Upper Congo River, in the provinces of Sankuru and Maniema. The tetela are associated with diviner-healers or witch doctors who used masks for funerals and marital celebrations. However, there was no evidence for the use of sculptures or masks among the tetela hence we could not ascertain the official use of this mask. This is a carefully carved mask from light wood and  looks considerably old with a whitish patina.

Material: Wood,paint and fibre

Condition: Good

Age:approx 55-70yrs

Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

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Weight 0.9 kg
Dimensions 8 × 18.5 × 31 cm

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