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1940s Kabuto Samurai Helmet. Bronze. Miniature. Japan

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    Kabuto is a type of helmet worn by ancient Japanese warriors, samurai . . . who basically ruled Japan for over 600 years. Yes, they protected warriors but there was a psychological factor: power and might. The higher the Samurai rank the more… Continue reading

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

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  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… Continue reading

Deeply Carved Luba Kuba Helmet Mask. Tribal. Ceremonial. DRC. Congo.

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    Look at the dynamic carvings of this helmet mask. The high and bulging forehead is quite normal for this ethnic group. But the depth and symbolism of the carvings is quite extraordinary. I have spent some time in trying to determine the significance of this… Continue reading

Horned Kuba Helmet Mask. Wood & Paint. Bwoom. DRC. Congo. Africa

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  This was quite a find.   One of the three known royal masks, the helmet Bwoom is one of the oldest mask types used by the Kuba. These were introduced in the 17th Century by King Miko mi-Mbul.   Most often used in funerals, they are also used… Continue reading

Suku Helmet Mask. Basuku People. Rite of Passage. Kholuka. DNC / Zaire. Africa

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  Suku people have lived in the southwestern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire) since the 16th Century. Their economic source is farming but occasionally join in communal hunts.   Suku’s are known for their large carved figures (e.g. fertility figures, crouching fetish figures, ancestral statues… Continue reading

Helmet Mask. Suku or Basuku People. Rite of Passage. Kholuka. DNC / Zaire. Africa

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  Suku people have lived in the southwestern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formally Zaire) since the 16th Century. Their economic source is farming but occasionally join in communal hunts.   Suku’s are known for their large carved figures (e.g. fertility figures, crouching fetish figures, ancestral statues… Continue reading

Yoruba Sango Gelede Helmet Mask, Nigeria Africa

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Found in Yorubaland (southern Nigeria), this helmet mask represents Sango a royal ancestor of the Yoruba (the third king of the Oyo Kingdom). Facial “Pele” markings on the checks. This is probably a ceremonial mask. Carved from one piece of wood, the incrusted patina and distinctive features put this mask… Continue reading
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