A Mbole Yela mask

Democratic Republic of Congo

Carved wood and pigment, of elliptical form, with raised swept brows leading to a long nose, the eyes denoted by a series of vertical slits, the central section recessed and colored with kaolin, the borders with perforations for attachment, raised on a bespoke mount.

H: 16 1/2, W: 6 1/2 in. (approx., mask only)


The Estate of Thomas McNemar, Lexington, Virginia.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Sold for $1,950 (buyer's premium included)