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- Country of origin: DR of the Congo
- Size: 26 cm H x 20 cm W
- Materials: wood, kaolin, pigments, rope
- Decorative african art
This mask displays a partial facial paralysis, these type of masks were used to combat sickness.
Mbangu masks were a major inspiration for Picasso's 'African period' (1906-1909) & his focus on cubism, after visiting an African art exhibition at the ethnographic museum at Palais du Trocadéro in May/June 1907.
The black & white halfs symbolize the battle between the good and the evil. The black part symbolizes a burn mark, probably due to a fireplace accident.
2nd half of the 20th century
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