Mid-1900 Suku Horned Helmet Mask. Yaka Influence. DRC. Congo. Africa
One of the most complex and intriguing Suku mask that I have every seen!
The Suku (aka Basuku) are people from SW Congo and Northwest Angola. They speak a derivation of the Bantu language of the Niger-Congo group of languages. Suku women cultivate a root vegetable called cassava and the men hunt. The traditional political system: a Suku king who delegates power to regional chiefs, who – in turn – have authority over local chiefs.
This type of mask – although normally in a much simpler form – is used to promote success in hunting, and, at the same time, honor ancestors.
The complexity of this mask is phenomenal… with some influence from the Yaka culture. In near perfect condition, exceptional for its age. It can also be carried in ceremonies on the attached wooden paddle with handle.
Another mask you will not find in any other place. Stand included.
For the Serious Collector.