Lega, DRC, ca 1940 wood, fiber, kaolin 14" H x 4"W x 3"D
African art experts cannot fully agree on the precise origins of this mask but agree on it being precious and very rare. It was originally purchased by a Missionary in 1963. The features are kept deliberately minimal, sparse, and abstract, giving this mask an otherworldly appearance. Another sign of a Lega mask is the very porous wood, with “tunnel-like” markings. Only this mask knows the full details of its story, but it’s intriguing and highly collectible even with so much mystery behind it.