Kongo Peoples, DR Congo
20 x 10 x 5 inches
Kongo Diviner’s Masks are either masculine or feminine and are used by the diviner or ‘Nganga’. Generally the sculpture is naturalistic, covered with with clay or paint, symbolizing the spirits of the dead. The masks are worn during divination, initiation ceremonies or at the funerals of the most important people. The Kongo people believe that the earth and the sky are opposed in the same way as land and water. The master of the skies is Pulu Bunzi an the Nkisi, genies or spirits of the earth, are opposed to him.