Origin: Gabon, Aduma, Latoursville. Resembles one used consistently in the Western Sudan. This mask is relatively rare in collections. This kind of mask, called Mvoude, is used by several ethnic groups as well as the Aduma. It has been suggested that this mask was used by a now forgotten initiation society. Today it is used mainly for entertainment. An original of this mask may be seen at the Dallas Museum of Art, which has a very extensive African collection. Size 15x332x5 boxed. Black background with various highlights. Also looks great on a stand.