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Suku mask (N° 22933)

This female-type mask accompanied the voluminous kakungu mask during ceremonies. Greasy dark patina, locally abraded. Native restoration.

The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups recognize common origins and have the same social structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. The mukanda is the name given to all the rites around the initiation ceremony of pubescent young people, consecrating the end of childhood and shared by many communities.
Suku kakungu masks are reputed to be among the largest masks in Black Africa. Their exaggerated features, swollen and hanging cheeks, massive features and prominent chins were to inspire fear in the spectators. These masks supposed to control the rain were out during the initiation rites but, once is not custom, did not participate in any dance but jumped and gesticulated. They also appeared with their female kazeba or mateemu counterparts.
Source: " Insiders ". Editions of the Dapper Museum  

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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm44
Width19 cm
Weight0.95 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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