The Saka Mutu mask from Patrick Dierickx collection combines animal (chimpanzee) and human facial features. Saka Mutu means "monkey face" in Kishwahili .
H= 28 cm, 37 cm on the metal stand .
CONDITION: wood, rremains of dark gray offerings, some cracks in the wood, chips missing in the mouth, otherwise perfect condition.
Collected in the 70's by Patrick Dierickx, Brussels. Estimated age: 1940-50's
Those Masks are kept in the Man's House and had a protective function. They were worn as an amulet. Attached to a belt, they were also used during dances.
These masks are pear-shaped, have a large pointy nose
Striking is the large wide beak with teeth
Literature: Francis Neyt; Traditional Arts and History of Zaire / Traditionnels et Histoire au Zaire: Cultures Forestières et Royaumes de la Savane; 1981, 282 pp.