SUKU MASKS, DRC

Suku 1
15-28" high
$800

Suku 4
13-27" high
$600

Suku 6
13-21" high
$400

Suku 9
22-25" high
$550

Suku 11
15-28" high
$500

Suku 12
16-25" high
$700

Suku 13
16-29" high
$500

Suku 16
14-18" high
$400

Suku 17
22-31" high
$550

Suku 19
9-18" high
$400

Suku 20
15-20" high
$500

Suku 21
10-22" high
$400

Suku 22
18-22" high
$550

Suku 25
14.5" high
$400

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

SUKU, HEMBA HELMET MASKS, DRC

Worn during male initiation ceremonies, masks like these represented all departed ancestors. Mourning songs were sung during the ritual; the vertical lines on the face are tears. Neighbors of the Yaka, Suku masks are more conservative in their facial treatments. Although styles vary, there is usually a massive collar of raffia and often a figure or animal on the top of the mask.

The measurements are first for the mask, then the mask including the raffia. Only #25 is not a helmet mask.

Despite their apperance, these masks show no evidence of having been danced and were probably made to be sold.

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