Kwele Gorilla Mask


There are 3 main types of Kwele masks: bush spirit masks (ekuk); masks which resemble male gorillas (gong); helmet masks with multiple faces (ngontangang). White coloring on other masks from Equatorial Africa is associated with death, but for the Kwele it symbolizes light and clarity, and hence the clairvoyance needed to combat witchcraft. Although Kwele fashioned objects in iron, it is above all through their sculptures, masks and anthropomorphic/zoomorphic statuettes that they gained their fame. Their masks are recognized by their great simplicity, in a concentrated and analytical expression. Estimated age: first half of 1900


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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 23 × 9 × 31 cm