MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Lega Dance Mask
Object Name:
Mask, Dance, Lega
Other Name:
Mask, Dance, Ritual
Place of Origin:
Lega, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 12"
W = 8"
D = 4"

The masks with a human face used by the Bwete association in initiation and funeral rites were called Pibibuze ("Man") by the Kwele.
Oval—shaped wooden dance mask with heart—shaped concave facial area, slightly protruding brow and long narrow wedge—shaped nose, with small pierced nostrils. Oval—shaped protruding eyes with pierced slit centers, crescent—shaped open pierced mouth. Two small vertical scarification marks on either cheek, one long scarification mark running down entire length of nose. Small circular ears, dark brown patina over entire surface.
Guy Mace Collection, (Turblex Company)
Wood W/Patina
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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