SUKU MASKS ARCHIVES, DRC


The masks below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

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Suku 5
15-25" high
SOLD

Suku 7
18-25" high
SOLD


Suku 3
SOLD

Suku 8
SOLD

Suku 10
SOLD

Suku 14
SOLD

Suku 2
SOLD


 

Suku 15
SOLD

Suku 18
SOLD
 

 

Suku 23
SOLD

Suku 24
SOLD
 

Photographs © Hamill

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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