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Ceremonial Mask

African Art at the
Ralph Proctor Gallery

"In Cultural Perspective"

Ceremonial Mask

  • country: Zaire
  • people: Chokwe
  • medium: wood,hemp, feathers
  • size: 13x7x9 inches
  • price: $1,200.
  • inventory #: rpg0046
This mask, called Beautiful maiden, was used in a variety of ceremonies, including initiation, weddings and public festivals. In public ceremonies it honors the power and beauty of women. This is an unusual version in that the coiffure is carved of wood rather than being made from hemp and cloth. this is a museum-quality piece.

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