The Bateke originally lived in the estuary of the Kasai river meeting the Congo and made a living of fishing, agriculture and hunting. From the 15th century onwards they became successful traders and used the rivers as transport routes. Their empire was decentralized and held together by kings. The power was distributed to local chiefs.
Masks of this type were originally used to worship the sun. They were used to appease the sun god – hence the round shape.
A very unique art object, this mask made of Kola Wood, which comes from Cameroon. As a single piece it surely will let the heart of every collector and Africa fan beat a little faster. This artful mask is a real asset for any home. The wooden mask was carved by an artist from the Bateke tribe in Central Africa.
Small cracks, discoloration, etc are a normal part of the ageing process and add to the character of each item.
Comes with a wall hanging fitting on the back.
Size: 7″ Diameter