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Suku Mask
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This mask is associated with circumcision ceremonies. At the top, a zoomorphic figure is referring to the qualities of the animal. These bleached masks topped with an animal are named hemba ch the Suku. The abraded matte patina hints at remnants of kaolin. Desication cracks.
The ethnic groups Suku in southwestern Zaire, and the Yaka, which are very close geographically, have the same common origins and 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 young puberty, dedicating the end of childhood and shared by many communities. This youth initiation society, n-khanda, or mukanda , which can be found in Kongo orentaux (Chokwe, Luba, ...


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Fetish Suku
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Fetish Suku

Ex-collection of British African tribal art.

A crouching posture for this figure supporting with his hands an imposing head with a thick snub-nosed "muzzle", evoking an evil spirit named kiteke. The strange cylindrical ears are also a notable feature. In neighboring Kongo clans, the naked, crouching posture, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Glossy patina. Cracks of desiccation. Lacks on a foot.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, which are geographically very close in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure and similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, Yaka ...


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Suku mask
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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 ...


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Kakungu mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kakungu mask

ThisAfrican mask carved in soft wood is reminiscent of the giant suku kakungu mask with pendulous cheeks, supposed to frighten spectators
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.
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 counterparts kazeba or mateemu.
Height on base: 38 cm.

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Suku Kakungu Mask
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The great masks of African artThe suku masks kakungu are normally accompanied by a voluminous beard and headdress in raffia. This large face with deformed features terrorized the audience. Heavily eroded wood.

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 young puberty, dedicating the end of childhood and shared by many communities.
The suku kakungu masks are reputed to be among the largest masks in Black Africa. Their exaggerated features, swollen and dying cheeks, massive features and prominent chin were to inspire fear to the spectators. ...


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Suku Mask
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African suku kakungu masks are normally accompanied by a voluminous raffia ornament. This large tribal face with misshapen features terrorized the audience. Light wood. Matte patina.

The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups recognize common origins and have the same social structure and similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. The mukanda is the name given to the set of rites around the initiation ceremony of young pubescents, consecrating the end of childhood and shared by many communities.
The 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 chin were meant to inspire fear in spectators. These masks, which were ...


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Songye statue
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Among the most singular carved objects of Central Africa, this great fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) comes in an oversized, metal-clad head that springs from a long, ringed neck. The latter is extended by a swollen bust standing on short bent legs. A "bishimba" ritual magic charge, composed of ingredients of organic or vegetable origin, was usually introduced into the horn at the top. Fur loincloth. Brown patina with shades of grey.
Desication cracks and erosions.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes ...


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Suku/Yaka statue
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Tribal statue bearing the Kongo influence and whose prognathic face is propelled forward. It is also distinguished by the absence of forearms and its snub nose. In addition to their nkisi fetishes, Suku chiefs made use of fetishes named bwene , bisungu representing the clan ancestor.
Glossy patina, missing.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, very close geographically in the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs with the right of life and death over their subjects. The youth initiation society is the n-khanda, ...


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Kiteke Suku Ritual Statue
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Suku

These tribal statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This tribal art sculpture was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Crouching, holding with his hands an imposing head with an upturned nose and displaying a grin revealing his teeth, the character embodies an evil spirit, named kiteke. In the neighboring Kongo clans, the bare posture, crouching, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Grainy patina, matte, kaolin-encrusted residue. Desication cracks.
The ethnic groups Suku and Yaka , very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural ...


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Fertility Fetish Yiteke Yaka/ Suku
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Statuette Yaka

Belonging to a lineage, this figure of fertility came into play in case of trangression whose source was revered by a soothsayer named ngaanga ngoombu. It is also through divination that the rules to be followed to get rid of the curse were prescribed. The figure adopts not only yaka features, but also nearby suku who possess comparable fetishes. With the head engulfed in a wide neck, this effigy is depicted with arms plated with a bulging bust, with digitized hands placed on either side of the abdomen. The sexual organs are valued, the thick legs summarily represented. The satin patina, light brown ochre, has abraded areas, and dark remnants of a dotted coloration on the head. Like the songye fetishes, holes have been dug on the arms in order, probably, to move the fetish without having ...

Ritual fetish Suku Malwambi
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Suku

These tribal statues protecting against enemies were made according to the instructions of the Nganga ngoombu and the object's sponsor. This tribal art sculpture was then activated using rituals and incantatory formulas. Crouching, holding an imposing horned head with his hands and displaying a grin revealing his teeth, the character embodies an evil spirit, named kiteke. The horns, associated with the red antelope, also refer to the animal's behaviour in the bush and its sexuality. In addition, among the neighboring Kongo clans, the naked posture, crouching, sondama , evokes an emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. Dark satin patina. Desication crack.
On Arthur P. Bourgeois, these types of statues are fetishes for chiefs among Mbala, Hungaan, Tsaam, Suku, ...


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Suku fetish statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Fetish Suku

The Suku chiefs used fetishes called bwene , bisungu representing the ancestor of the clan, such as this sculpture with angular ridges. The character seems to draw the viewer's attention to the long, narrow beard adorning his face, under a spectacular diamond-shaped mouth. Dark patina with reddish reflections revealing the subtle veining of the wood. Cracks.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Kwango region, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Their carved wooden figures, through which they honour their ancestors, and their masks are well known.


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Suku fetish statuette
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Suku

This small statuette with an androgynous character has a male face extending with a small beard while a strong chest is associated with fertility. The reduced legs, massive and crenellated, are also one of the characteristics of suku sculptures. The chiefs used fetishes named bwene , bisungu representing the ancestor of the clan. Dark patina, residual clay inlays. Cracks.
The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, very close geographically in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the same social and political structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. Their carved wooden figures, through which they honour their ancestors, and their masks are well known.


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Suku / Zombo Mask
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This mask is associated with circumcision ceremonies. At the top, a figure of cephalophe named tsetsi represents the totem animal of the initiates and symbolizes the agility qualities of the dancer. These masks also sometimes appeared during various rites and were then kept in their owner's house. The matte and grainy patina, visibly old, lets out a very light wood. The Suku ethnic groups in southwestern Zaire, and the Yaka, which are very close geographically, have the same common origins and 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 young puberty, dedicating the end of childhood and shared by many communities. This youth initiation ...


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Suku ritual cup, Kopa
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Suku cup

The ritual consumption of palm wine in an individual cut, Kopa, Koopha, was the prerogative of the lineage leader or the matrilineal supreme leader at ceremonies, such as a wedding. It was then passed on to the next generation. Refined cup whose grip has satin the surface, it integrated into the treasure of regalia, objects of prestige symbolizing the status and reserved for the chieftaincy.
Symbols in the form of summary incisions are engraved between the two spouts. Patina nuanced. Similar models called koopha were used by the Yaka (Fig.6 p.17 in "Yaka" ed 5Continents.) The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups, established in a region between the Kwango and Kwilu rivers, in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recognize common origins and have some similar social structures and ...


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