Suku Helmet Mask - Democratic Republic Of Congo
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Suku Helmet Mask - Democratic Republic Of Congo:
SUKU HELMET MASK
Country:Democratic Republic of Congo
Material: Wood, grass, pigment.
Size: 19" (48.3 cm) Tall
Provenance:Private USA Collection.
A most unusual, colorful Suku helmet mask depicting a mammal instead of the abstraction of a human face, this genre of initiation masks is used to mark the transition of adolescent boys to adult life during initiation periods which may last a year or more. Upon the conclusion ofmukanda--coming to manhood rites-, a different genre of masks known askholuka, is worn to perform successful initiation ceremonies. These masks are surmounted by imageries that translate into visual form the lyrics of songs that accentuate gender differences. Figural depictions of humans and animals on the raffia-fringed helmet masks deride women while exalting male virility.
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Return accepted for full refund of actual purchase price if item is return in same condition within 14 days of receipt. Buyer responsible for shipping costs. By purchasing this item, you are acknowledging that with tribal art,some items may have an odor to them,and that the presence of an odor does not constitute a defect.
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