Hand carved wooden mask with raffia beard. This large mask is equipped with a custom made stand. It has a very expressive demeanor and would make an excellent statement piece in any home or office setting.
The wooden mask is 28.5″ tall and 37″ with raffia. On the stand it is 46″.
About the Suku People
“The 80,000 Suku people lived in the south-western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) since the 16th century. With the arrical of the Yaka and the Lunda intheir territory, they were split into two autonomous groups. Their main econoomix resource is farming, but occasionally communal hunts are organized. Stylistically, their sculptures are characterized by an enlarged head with an almond-shaped mouth with incised teeth, a triangular nose and coffee-bean eyes, all set under an elaborate coiffure. The Suku carved large figures, which were used during fertility ceremonies, and crouching fetish figures to which paraphernalia were attached. These were used either as ancestor figures or as the personification of evil spirits.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print
About Suku Masks
“Large face masks and helmet masks surmounted by animal or human figures were worn by dancers during certain initiation ceremonies.”