This mask seems to display a joining of disparate elements, a synthesis of styles. While the eye region and mouth display Congolese influences, the over-all structure of the mask is reminiscent of West African influences; particularly, the shape of the lower end of the face and the zig-zag framing of the jaw are most like that seen in Yaure masks. For discussion of and resources pertaining to Yaure masks, see Message 1475 with updated illustrations here
). Generally speaking, the mask would appear to be a creative integration of styles; this integration of unrelated cultural and stylistic influences -- along with the apparent absence of holes through which to append the mask with attachments that would facilitate wearing -- suggest that this mask is likely a decorative mask which may have been produced in a locale not necessarily linked to the cultures from which the stylistic influences are drawn.
On Oct 5, 2009, at 2:08 PM, Jaime Iglesias Rey wrote: