African Masks - Biombo

Biombo masks are usually carved from wood and colored with red "tukula" powder, a dye made from the camwood tree.

The eyes are a typical coffee bean shape. A triangular checkerboard design is used to decorate the eyebrows and the planes of the face.

The three forms at the back of the head represent the Biombo hairstyle. Feathers are often attached to the top of Biombo masks.

Biombo masks are usually worn during tribal rituals and ceremonies.

THE BIOMBO TERRITORY MAP
(mouse-over map for a closer view)

The Biombo live south of the inter-section of the Luala and Kasai rivers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Biombo Mask Line Drawing
BIOMBO MASK CLIP ART
(click on our drawing for an A4 image that you may print and color or use to help you draw this mask )