Kuba Binji Helmet Mask, D.R. Congo
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Description of Significance:
The Binji are a group of people who belong to the Bushoong branch and reside in the eastern region of the Kuba kingdom in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Among the various types of masks used by the Binji, the Tshibangabanga masks are considered to possess the highest level of spiritual potency. These masks can only be worn by the "master of the initiation camps." The Binji people utilized these masks to project a commanding and intimidating aura during initiation ceremonies.
- Handcrafted for ceremonial use in D.R. Congo
Dimensions (in inches):
- Depth: 11"
- Width: 10"
- Height: 14"
- Indigenous wood
- This piece includes a custom base.
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Hemingway Gallery regards antique African art as the best artistic expression of aesthetic beauty and storytelling throughout the known history of art. Aside from artistic taste, African art accrues value in different ways than other genres, including use in ceremonial settings as well as age. 50 years can be regarded as old or antique when it comes to wood masks and totems. Hemingway Gallery provides both authoritative insight and context into each artifact in the collection, possessing and readily exhibiting direct, intimate knowledge of the source and pedigree. The goal is to preserve and curate one-of-a-kind artifacts of importance while creating a platform for the acquisition of spectacular unique pieces within financial reach.
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