The masks are usually carved from wood and colored with red "tukula" powder, a dye made from the camwood tree. The eyes are a typical coffee bean shape. A triangular checkerboard design is used to decorate the eyebrows and the planes of the face.
Culture and Traditions
The Biombo have been strongly influenced politically and culturally by their neighbors to the north, the Kuba. Like Kuba masks, Biombo masks are worn at funerals and initiations.
Dan Wainberg donated in the year 2000.
Date of Digitization
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Prairie View A&M University, "BIOMBO Culture of Arts from the Democratic Republic of the Congo - ( Alter Mask)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 46.