The masks made by the Sala'mpasu people are related to the warrior's society and are used during initiation and circumcision ceremonies held in forest lodges.
They are intentionally disquieting images meant to frighten and distract with aggressive, bulging foreheads, blunt, triangular noses, and sharp features. The rectangular mouths, exhibit filed teeth.
This excellent example has been painted with red, black, and white pigments. It is notable for its strong, intense expression yet elegant shape. The mask measures 10"H. It has a custom steel mount. From D.R.Congo, early 20th century. Provenance: Alain de Monbrison, Paris, old Florida private collection.