With its circular-shaped eyes, broad nose and wide, gaping mouth, this Nbaka mask displays a great expression. Rather unusually, one eye is larger in size than the other, probably as a result of wear and handling. Both eyes of the mask are surrounded by traces of caline, which is now dried and flaking, and a slightly pronounced ridge. The surface of the mask has developed a dry, slightly freckled surface.
It is possible that teeth of some description, made out of bone or wood, were inserted into the punctuations present in the upper and lower lips of the mask. Inserted teeth are a commonly found feature among masks from the north eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
There has been a traditional restoration, using traces of dried wax, to the lower section of the jaw.
Field collected in the early 1990's
Ex Private Collection, UK
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century (Or Before)