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Monkey Mask - Wood - Hemba - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Monkey Mask – Wood – Hemba – DR Congo


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

Object:Monkey Mask
Ethnic group/ culture:Hemba
Region/ country:DR Congo
Period:mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:30×19×10 cm
Weight:600 g

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Soko-Mutu combining animal (chimpanzee) and human facial traits. The Luba name is : Mwisu gwa So’o, in Kishwahili : Soko Mutu or Monkey face

Such masks were used as facemasks with a monkey skin cover and were also used in dances attached to the performer’s belt. Such masks were mainly kept in the house for protection much like a charm or Amulet. The pear-shaped head has small slit eyes, a huge nose with large, open nostrils and a broad, grinning tooth less mouth with thick lips. This fine example bears the signs of long and extensive use.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

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).