MBUTI Ituri River Mask with handle. Democratic Republic of the Congo

MBUTI Ituri River Mask with handle. Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Elegant African Tribal MBUTI Ituri River Mask with handle. The Democratic Republic of the Congo

People, including the Mbuti and Ndaka, of the Ituri rain forest use masks representing ancestor spirits in elaborate initiation ceremonies. 
The masks utilize painted design elements on their surfaces that have long been associated with the better-known painted bark-cloth textiles of the Mbuti. A single pattern is usually repeated over the entire surface. Utilized in the context of a boy's initiation, these powerful masks are at once attractive and aggressive. ( text from Hamill Gallery ).