Yaka peoples Cap mask Date: century Medium: Wood, raffia, cloth, pigment, paint Dimensions: H x W x D: x x cm x 17 x 12 in.) Credit Line: Bequest of Eliot Elisofon Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo Object Number:
Somptueux masque initiatique Nkanu, République Démocratique du Congo 1ère moitié XXème siècle Bois, vive polychromie, fibres végétales. Haut : 50 cm Provenance : Collection privée, Bruxelles avec expertise de Marc Félix
This Nkanu mask is generally considered as a makemba. Makemba is supposed to represent a pregnant woman or mother. It is sometimes suggested that makemba personifies the woman crying for her "dead" children during the mukanda who are then "reborn" as men.