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

Description
Monkey Mask - Wood - Sakamutu- Provenance Patrick Dierickx - Hemba - Congo DRC
Mid 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

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.

Lot details
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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