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Initiation mask – Feathers, Wood – Salampasu – Congo


Object  Initiation Mask
Ethnic group: Salampasu
Country: Congo
Material: Wood, Feathers
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 55x20x18 cm
Weight: 1200 gram
Condition: Fair condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 13.3 Category: Tags: , ,

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 has beautiful feathers 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 fair condition and has a powerful appearance. The feathers contains clear traces of wear and tear. The feather headdress isn`t fully attached to the mask anymore.



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