teke, (disk-shaped face mask) comes from the Ogowe region in the Congo
It is used to confirm the social and political structure during the
Kidumu masquerade dancing ceremonies.
characteristics of this mask are the geometric motif designs (including
the triangle shaped nose see image to the left). The geometric motifs
are arranged symmetrically along both vertical and horizontal axis.
example image featured above was made for the trade and notably has no
holes around the edge of the mask, through which fibers are attached to
hold the mask to the costume or forehead of the mask wearer.
of the teke tribe: Since the French first occupied Congo in 1880
these types of ceremonies were far and few between. During 80 years of
colonial rule the people of the Congo had to face an onslaught that is
still evident today. The parceling out of African territories to the
Colonial government and the ensuing damage to traditional economies
including massive displacement of people. This resulted in tribal life
and food production systems being wrecked. It was only after the people
of Congo achieved
independence (1960) that the masking traditions were revived.