231244 - Extremly Rare Antique African Kwese helm mask - Congo.


Congo: African Tribal used Kwese Double mask.
Hand carved from a single piece of wood.
Wide: 31 cm x 29 cm high.

This item is from the first half of the 20th century and purchased in my private collection in 2007, with a certificate of authenticity.

Old wooden helmet mask from the Kwese tribe of Gabon. Helmet masks like these, were worn over the head, or, if too small, on top of the head. The mask appeared during funeral ceremonies. Great use of blue and white pigments.
Old aged patina. Contains clear traces of wear and tear due to aging and tribal use.