Mask ~ Original Lele Full Face Mask ~ No.1
Story behind the product ~ A well-danced work of tribal art, comprised of wood, textile, beads, cowrie shells and fibre. The Lele people occupy the western portion of the Kuba kingdom in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their art is not well-known and is similar to Kuba styles with the exception of the masks which generally have a flattened shape. Such masks were used in initiation ceremonies for boys, funerals, or rituals concerning the sacred king. The detailed workmanship and and imaginative combination of materials are simply astonishing. Authentic old helmet masks of this degree of workmanship, rarity and visual impact are seldom seen outside of museums or advanced collections.
This is a one-off only ~ a rare collectors piece
Country of origin ~ Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Materials ~ Beads, shells, wood, raffia
Dimensions ~ 23cm W x 30cm D x 65cm H
All measurements are approximate.
This piece has been intricately carved by hand. If there are small flaws it is a celebration of 'made by hand', making each and every piece unique with tiny little differences.
Note about shipping ~ Freight is not calculated at checkout as we will individually source the best price for your order. Freight quotes are based on volume of stock and destination.