Ngbaka mask from colonial Congo

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On display in the Africa Museum in Belgium, this mask was made of wood and was worn by the master of festivities in colonial Congo. Congolese masks were designed to both hide the identity of the wearer and also reveal parts of their personality. Therefore, many of the masks resembled the different functions that the wearers possessed or sought to emulate. Masks were used when conjuring up supernatural beings, and even for entertaining the public, such as this one on display.

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