1629Re: [African_Arts] Re: I hope this will be fun...
- Oct 31, 2006Excuse this late response. My experience in collecting art from eastern DRC is that slanted eyes are a reference to cats, usually the leopard, a powerful figure in myth in the Congo - it was not by accident that Mobutu was nicknamed "The Leopard."The mask you reproduce below is most likely from a forest people, judging from the heart-shaped face. It does not seem to be Lega. The clan scarifications on the forehead are puzzling as, in my experience, they are not a feature of eastern Congo masks and your mask, otherwise, does resemble masks from eastern DRC groups. The mask is not a representation of a cat but the slanted eyes could be a feline reference.I recently collected a damaged mask, which seems an obvious portrayal of a leopard, from the eastern DRC, origin unknown but which I have tentatively identified as Yela:Actually, as I think about it, the open mouth and heavy features might be more suggestive of a lion than a leopard. It might well be from an unknown group. The northeast Congo cultures have never been exhaustively studied.- Paul----- Original Message -----From: dwolf22@...Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 7:28 PMSubject: Re: [African_Arts] Re: I hope this will be fun...Interestingly ... This mask just crossed my path the day 'slanted eyes' started showing up here ...... am posting a pic while on this slanted subject ... Unfortunately I don't remember it's attribution as I wasn't interested in the mask .... but now I'm curious .... can someone identify?
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