Male Mask

Congopossibly early 20th century

Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Canada

The enormous nose of this mask resembles the long beak of a local species of hornbill birds. The hair arrangement imitates a once fashionable style and the projections between ear and eye show a type of scarification. This form of body ornamentation is created by cutting shallow patterns into the skin and allowing scars to form.


  • Title: Male Mask
  • Creator: Lwalu artist, Democratic Republic of the Congo early 20th century (?)
  • Date Created: possibly early 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w190 x h302 x d210 mm (Overall)
  • Credit Line: Gift from the Frum Collection, 1999
  • Type: Unknown
  • Rights: © 2011 Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift from the Frum Collection, 1999
  • Medium: wood with applied coating, fibres

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