Budja peoples
mid–20th century
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General Description

Abstract in style, Budja masks represent a mythical being that may be a water spirit in the Zaire River or a wild animal in the bush. These headdresses were used in agrarian ceremonies and hunting rituals. In the 1980s, then Zairian president Mobutu Sese Seko organized a performance of Budja masked dancers in honor of the King of Belgium. This mask was worn at that performance.