Featured Another Mask I am unable to ID

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by cc89, Jun 28, 2021.

  1. cc89

    cc89 Member

    Hi all, looking for your help again identifying a mask.. I got this at the same time as I got a Panu mask and there are some similarities in the style (the pigment and the serene expression) but I haven't been able to find anything quite like this. Maybe it is just a tourist piece that does not conform to any style?

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  2. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

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  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    i concur........&....that's a nice mask !!!
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  4. cc89

    cc89 Member

    Thanks again both!! Have just been googling Nkisi masks and they're super interesting but also quite terrifying!! The second one is pretty close to mine

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  5. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    How was the second mask atttributed? It might be Vili, from the Congo region. According to Bacquart ("The Tribal Arts of Africa"), "Vili artists carved figures with naturalistic features, often carrying mirrors, Nkisi or nails". Nkisi refers to the medicine enclosed in packets and receptacles on the figures. Nkondi refers to the full standing figures empowered with nkisi. I am less familiar with masks displaying the same features.
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