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Posted 3 years ago

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Okay, so this a fairly large carved wooden head. At first glance it looks African however, the top knot and hairline look distinctively Asian. Needless to say, I am a bit confused as to origins.
I do know that this was given to my stepfather by a collector of antiquities or someone like that.
So the mystery is solved - thanks to "CanyonRoad".

This if from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Formerly known as Zaire).
Used by the Western Pende people as a Cerimonial initiation mask - called a Mbuya Mask.

Mystery Solved


  1. surfdub66 surfdub66, 3 years ago
    This is AWSOME !! I love it :-))
  2. grendel67, 3 years ago
    I would say African do to the facial features The hair could still be a African style. If the facial design was Asian I would not have a problem calling it Asian. It could be Borneo or new Gianna but I would still lean to being African in origin.
  3. Foofighter Foofighter, 3 years ago
    I was thinking African too but, that top knot keeps throwing me off.
  4. CanyonRoad, 3 years ago
    It's African, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire. Used by the Western Pende people in initiation ceremonies, it's called a Mbuya mask.
  5. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Been watching this post to see if anybody would come up with a plausible answer....."Kudos" CanyonRoad.
  6. Foofighter Foofighter, 3 years ago
    Excellent CanyonRoad, thank you!

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