African Suku Hemba mask
  • African Suku Hemba mask
  • African art mask from Suku people in Kwango
  • Suku Hemba mask

Suku Hemba mask


Mukanda mask in the tradition of South R. D. Congo

African mask from Kwango, in R. D. Congo, whose face still bears traces of kaolin, white pigment. At the top, there is a representation of a bird which is typical of Hemba-type Suku masks. These were worn, like the other masks, as part of the initiation of boys into mukanda, at the end of which they would be circumcised and become adult men.

The mask was worn with an imposing raffia headdress. The Suku hemba mask is uncommon.

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
26 cm
Ethnic group
Wood, kaolin
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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