Pair of Large Masks, Idimu or Muminia Wood with fiber attachment and cowrie shell.
YPM catalog no. 268332a, b
The ivory, bone and wood carvings produced by the Lega peoples of the
Democratic Republic of the Congo are among the world’s most celebrated
examples of African art.
The abstract carvings include human figurines, animal figurines, wooden masks, ivory and elephant bone maskettes, anthropomorphic spoons and ritual pegs.
These two very large masks were carved by the same artist, possibly for use together, and are atypical in the treatment of the mouth, nose and eyes.