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Yaka initiation mask. before 1920. D.R.Congo

Yaka initiation mask. before 1920. D.R.Congo

Africa | Mask from the Yaka people of DR Congo | Wood, raffia, cloth, plant fiber, paint, pigment | Mid 1900s

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:

Ndeemba Mask for N-khanda initiation - Yaka people, Bandundu province

Ndeemba Mask for N-khanda initiation - Yaka people, Bandundu province

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

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

Yaka initiation mask, worn by young men during performances (in liminal period after circumcision), Congo

Mask - Origin: Southwestern Congo/Angola Circa: 20 th Century AD Dimensions: high. Collection: African Medium: Wood and Raffia

Mask (Tsekedi, Myondo, or Ndeemba), early 1900s, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yaka people, wood, cloth, fibers - Cleveland Museum of Art

Mask (Tsekedi, Myondo, or Ndeemba), early 1900s, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yaka people, wood, cloth, fibers - Cleveland Museum of Art

Photographs © Tim Hamill  YAKA, MASK 25, 33", Wood, cloth, paint and raffia, DRC

Photographs © Tim Hamill YAKA, MASK 25, 33", Wood, cloth, paint and raffia, DRC

GEO-graphics, Masque Yaka, Congo, collection MRAC Tervuren, © photo Huysmans-Wuyts, MRAC Tervuren

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.

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