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Suku Helmet Mask

Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire)
Wood, vegetal fibres, pigments and iron stand
High 50 cm.

Suku Helmet Mask, the open mouth, exposing the teeth, and the thick eyebrows convey the aggressive expression of this mask which was worn during initiation ceremonies. The animal set on top of the head was probably a totemic animal, vegetal fibers.

* For a vary similar example, see  The Metropolitan Museum of Art  –  go here

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