220926 - Traditional African Kwese mask - Congo.


Congo: African Tribal used Kwese Double mask.

Hand carved from a single piece of wood.

Height: 63 cm.

The Kwese number less than 100,000, and neighbors Congo region tribes such as the Pende and Mbala. The Pende influence on their art is often ovbious at first glance. They are known for the masks, many using the helmet design, used by dancers and in initiation ceremony. When not used for ceremony, such masks were kept in special houses as fetish objects and offerings were made to them.1