Mask (1) - Plant fibre, raffia - Salampasu - Congo

Mask (1) - Plant fibre, raffia - Salampasu - Congo
Mid 20th century - Good

Raffia & Woven Fibre Mask. Salampasu people. DRC Congo, former Zaire.

Material(s): Raffia, Woven Fibre.
Item’s condition: Overall good condition.

This is a soft, woven, unique horned head extending to a fibre filled and tightly woven mask with a high protruding forehead above deep set eye openings and conforming cheeks, flanking a flat cylindrical nose and suspending a long raffia beard. These people are known for their powerful aggressive masks, the Salampasu people of the Kinshasha Congo would have used a mask like this in ceremonies for warrior initiation, circumcision, and funerals. A one of a kind, amazing mask that would be a wonderful item to add to your collection or home. Mask (Salampasu) - EO.0.0.43155 - 1st quarter of the 20th century. DRC Congo. Registered in 1946. Collected by T. Fourche (1930s). Throughout their lives, Salampasu men were initiated into various societies that contributed to their prestige and social progress. Masks like this one originate from such a society. The generic name for it was mufuampo (‘ancestor of raffia’). Masks of a society mainly performed at the funeral of members

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Lot details
Total nr of items
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Plant fibre, raffia
Mid 20th century
Sold with stand
130×22×22 cm
500 g
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