Unknown African artist

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Unknown African artist
Lot #34

Wooden mask, Congo  circa 1935

Wooden mask, created by Chokwe master carver. Often when a family member died, a wooden replica of their likeness was made. To do this, the carver would go see the deceased lying in state, or they would carve the mask from descriptions of the person by family members who would later critique the work.
9" x 4.5"