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Monkey Mask - Wood - Sakamutu- Provenance Patrick Dierickx - Hemba - Congo DRC

Monkey Mask - Wood - Sakamutu- Provenance Patrick Dierickx - Hemba - Congo DRC

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.

Object Monkey Mask
Indigenous object name Sakamutu- Provenance Patrick Dierickx
Ethnic group/ culture Hemba
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Wood
Period Mid 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 28×17×8 cm
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