A LWALU MALE MASK
The Lwalu/Lwalwa main works of art are their wooden masks, there are four main types. They are all used in the Bangongo dance to quit the spirits, increase hunting success. They sometimes perform at funerals of high ranking dignitaries. Only at night they dance, so as not to harm women. The masks were also worn during the dry season to perform in lucrative dance tours in nearby villages.
A dance mask, mvondo, DRC
Wood, dark patina, patern decoration, indigenous resin restauration
Lwalu, Dem. Republic Congo
Height 33 cm.