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Helmet Mask – Wood – Suku – Congo DRC


Object Helmet Mask
Ethnic group: Suku
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 56x34x24 cm
Weight: 5000 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 18.7 Category: Tags: , ,

Unique large wooden mask from the Suku tribe of DR Congo.
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, the dark yellow and blue colour of the tribal figure 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 good condition with a beautiful aged patina with traces of tribal use.