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Helmet Mask – Wood, Raphia – Suku – Congo


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Worn during male initiation ceremonies, masks like these represented all departed ancestors. Mourning songs were sung during the ritual; the vertical lines on the face are tears. Neighbors of the Yaka, Suku masks are more conservative in their facial treatments. Although styles vary, there is usually a massive collar of raffia and often a figure or animal on the top of the mask.
This rare mask is wonderful in its proportions and colouring, it provides a beautiful contrast with the white kaolin face, the typical overhanging brows lend this ethereal face beauty and melancholy.
The mask is in a fair condition with a beautiful aged patina with traces of tribal use. Contains clear traces of wear and tear.

Provenance: Justin Barthels (1934-2021), gallery owner Maastricht (NL). Ex owner of a Salampasu mask DR Congo Estimated 60.000 – 90.000 USD by Sotheby`s.

Object Helmet Mask
Ethnic group: Suku
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood, Raphia
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 40x30x25 cm
Weight: 1500 gram
Condition: Fair condition, used with some signs of wear


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