Yaka Kakungu initiation mask
First half of the 20th century.
Dimensions: H: 42 cm, W: 24 cm, D: 12 cm
Boys are taught in the traditions of their people and undergo the obligatory circumcision. During their initiation ceremony, several masks are used in the Nkanda closing ceremony. Kakungu is the largest of the initiation masks. Kakungu masks teach the young men respect for the elderly and give protection. They are also used to treat impotence and sterility.
Kakungu masks have an assertive and striking design, with a large forehead and bulging cheeks.
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- DR Congo
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 42×24×12 cm