Soko Mutu mask - Hemba - Congo

€195.00

Chimpanzees are rarely featured in African art because their resemblance to humans can be unsettling. Exceptions are the misi gwa so'o or soko mutu masks of the Hemba. The exaggerated features of the half-human, half-chimpanzee mask contrast greatly with the noble and reserved ancestral figures of the classic Hemba style. The wide, open mouth and raised eyebrows were not meant to be comical, but rather fearsome and terrifying. Misi gwa so'o masks were used at funerals to symbolize the presence of death.Origin : private collection, BelgiumDating : 1960'sSize : 31 x 19 cmMaterial : wood

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
Ethnic group
Hemba
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium

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