End 19th/begin20th century
Provenance : ex collection Pierre Dartevelle,Brussels.
Kayamba, a rare horned mask, belongs to the Bwami society of the Lega people. An accomplished teacher of Bwami lore would use this mask in yonanio initiations. The whitened face of a horned kayamba mask has a very explicit meaning. Alone, the mask represents a cunning and clever person: “Kayamba, who has come from afar, cannot be bad.”Lega Culture: Art, Initiation and Moral Philosophy Among a Central African People: Daniel Biebuyck.