This object consists of a gorilla skull enclosed in woven basketry. The red eye sockets are contrasted with the main black area of the skull which is in turn set against a further white area. This is then framed by the first rib of basketry.
This figure of a seated drummer has lost its original base. The elongated ovoid head and coiffure is typical of Mangbetu style, and the large ears sit high up on the side of the head. Facial features show cowrie-shaped eyes and full lips, unfortunately the nose has been damaged.
This triangular shaped wooden mask is painted with ‘tukola’ (powdered camwood) which gives it this vibrant orange-red colour. The cap is made of raffia ‘hair’ dyed with black swamp mud, with a conical point on the crown.
This slim, shallow wooden mask shows a white face, painted with white clay or kaolin, and has a fibrous beard attached to the base of the mask. Facial features show cowrie-shaped eyes and a long, sagittate nose, and no mouth.
This kneeling figure sits on a cylindrical base and is well polished and a rich honey colour. It shows a female figure in a prayer-like posture with closed eyes and evidence of filed teeth. The circular incised lines round the head indicate a cap.
This ivory sceptre is highly carved and depicts a seated male figure eating a root and holding a sheathed knife or sceptre. A snake is entwined round the base of the staff which clasps a lizard-like object in its teeth.
This shallow, convex ivory mask displays protruding oval eyes and a small open oval mouth, with a long and slender nose. There are six holes round the base of the mask, possibly for a bear-like attachment.