Luba - Songye - ?
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|ill. 144 - Animal mask - no attribution given but I believe it may
have been Lomotwa as well.
|A member (Walberto) of the African Arts and Culture Discussion Group added the following:
"My guess is that they are inspired by the facial markings of
certain species of monkeys endemic to Luba country.
Some varieties of red colobus and Diana monkeys sport
circular, light colored skin around their eyes and
black patches across their mid-face. As wildlife is
a frequent theme in African art and in masking in
particular, a good bird book such as Princeton's
excellent handbook to the birds of West Africa and The
Kingdon Field Guide to Africa Mammals are, to my way
of thinking, are invaluable additions to any serious
African art library."
Below are photos of Diana monkeys. There is a very strong resemblance in the face of the monkey and the face of the mask.