KETE MASK 5, DRC
Photographs © Tim Hamill
20.5" high x 9.5" wide x 9.5" deep
Despite its traditional form and appearance, this mask shows no signs of age and use and was probably made to be sold. There are several visible stable cracks on the mask, wood loss on the top front, slight erosion and old insect holes.
The Kete people lived along the southern border of the Kuba kingdom. Their helmet masks have similarities to several types of Kuba masks, with abstract geometric patterns executed in paint or carving, conical eyes, raffia woven caps and attachments.
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