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Suku Mask (N° 27429)

Crowned with a voluminous raffia adornment, this large African Suku mask is called kakungu. This large face with distorted features terrorized the audience. Erosions. Height of the mask excluding raffia = 42 cm.

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 surrounding the initiation ceremony for young pubescents, marking the end of childhood and shared by many communities.
Suku kakungu masks are renowned for being among the largest masks in Black Africa. Their exaggerated features were meant to inspire fear in spectators. These masks supposed to control the rain were out during the initiation rites and did not participate in any dance but jumped and gesticulated. They also appeared with their feminine counterparts kazeba or mateemu.
Source: "Initiates". Dapper Museum Editions  

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OriginEx-collection belge Mercier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm60
Width28 cm
Weight1.70 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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