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Initiation mask - Copper, Plant fibre, Wood - Salampasu - Congo DRC - Asian African Art
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Initiation mask – Copper, Plant fibre, Wood – Salampasu – Congo DRC


Mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Initiation mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Salampasu
Region/ country: Congo DRC
Material: Copper, Plant fibre, Wood
Period: mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 37×19×19 cm
Weight: 1000 g

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SALAMPASU masks are famous and are characterized by a bulging forehead, slanted eyes, a triangular nose and a rectangular mouth displaying filed teeth. This wooden mask is covered with copper plates and has vegetal-fibres on top of the head. It was used for initiation ceremonies related to the warriors` society. (The Tribal Arts of Africa, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, p180)

The 60,000 SALAMPASU people live on the frontier between the D.R. Congo and Angola.

The mask is in good condition and has a powerful appearance. Contains traces of wear and tear due to tribal usage. Some teeth in the mouth are missing.

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

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).