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Helmet Mask - Raphia, Wood - SUKU - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Helmet Mask – Raphia, Wood – SUKU – DR Congo


Object:Helmet Mask
Ethnic group / culture:Suku
Region/ country:DR Congo
Material:Wood, Raphia
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:65×40×40 cm
Weight:1500 g

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Stunning Suku helmet mask. Beautiful patina with a nice full beard.
The power contained in these helmet masks may be directed against those who disrespect or attempt to harm the initiates, or it may be used to cure illness and promote prosperity. Often brightly colored and surmounted by animal figures, these masks depict past elders and lineage heads—people who command a great deal of respect and who make important decisions affecting the community.
Good condition with traces of tribal use. The antelope on top of the mask contains a small crack on the back.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.