SALAMPASU masks are famous and are characterized by a bulging forehead, slanted eyes, a triangular nose and a rectangular mouth displaying filed teeth. This wooden mask is covered with copper plates and has vegetal-fibres on top of the head. It was used for initiation ceremonies related to the warriors` society. (The Tribal Arts of Africa, Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, p180)
The 60,000 SALAMPASU people live on the frontier between the D.R. Congo and Angola.
The mask is in good condition and has a powerful appearance. Contains traces of wear and tear due to tribal usage.
Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.
Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).
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- Initiation mask
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Congo DRC
- Copper, Plant fibre, Wood
- Mid 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 37×20×20 cm
- 330 g