SUKU STYLE MASKS, DRC


SUKU STYLE
MASK 6
13-21" high
$400


SUKU STYLE
MASK 7
20.5-25" high
$500

SUKU STYLE
MASK 9
21-25" high
$550

SUKU STYLE
MASK 11
14-19" high
$500


SUKU STYLE
MASK 13
16-19" high
$500

SUKU STYLE
MASK 16
14-18" high
$400

SUKU STYLE
MASK 19
9-18" high
$400


SUKU STYLE
MASK 20
15-20" high
SOLD

SUKU STYLE
MASK 21

10.5-22" high
$400

SUKU STYLE
MASK 22
18-22" high
$550

SUKU STYLE
MASK 25
14.5" high
$400

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

SUKU STYLE HEMBA HELMET MASKS, DRC

Worn during male initiation ceremonies, masks like these represented all departed ancestors. Mourning songs were sung during the ritual; the vertical lines on the face are tears. Neighbors of the Yaka, Suku masks are more conservative in their facial treatments. Although styles vary, there is usually a massive collar of raffia and often a figure or animal on the top of the mask.

The measurements are first for the mask, then the mask including the raffia. Only #25 is not a helmet mask.

Masks 1, 9, 13 and 20  have an extension in the front on the bottom for holding/steadying the mask by hand when worn. Details on those pages.

Despite their apperance, these masks show no evidence of having been danced and were probably made to be sold.

 

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