Global Art & Artifacts

Mid-1900 Suku Horned Helmet Mask. Yaka Influence. DRC. Congo. Africa

Click the photo above for a larger version and more pictures

 

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.

Search EsotericStuff.com
SERIOUS COLLECTORS
NOTE to the Art Collector, Gallery Owner, Dealer or Academic: click here for items unique to your requirements.
Product Categories
CContainers
Bowls, Boxes, Bells, Gongs, Medicine Holders. Containers not considered vessels
FFurniture / Furnishings
Furniture, Furnishings, Wall Hangings, Screens, Lamps, Display Pieces, Pedestals, Paintings
MMasks
Masks and Headgear
RReference / Research
Maps, Books and Materials
SStatues & Figures
Statues, Sculptures, Figures, Heads & Busts
VVessels & Vases
Vessels, Urns, Vases, Incense Burners, Censers
WWeapons
Knives, Swords, Letter Openers, Phurbas, Spears, Blowpipes
OOther not categorized
Other and miscellaneous such as Jewelry, Musical Instruments, Games, Garments, Skulls