Helmet Mask - (‘Munjinga’) - Biombo People, D.R. Congo
Helmet Mask - (‘Munjinga’) - Biombo People, D.R. Congo
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Helmet Mask - (‘Munjinga’) - Biombo People, D.R. Congo

$945.00
In the Kasai province of the D.R. Congo, are a number of very small tribes who have retained their individuality, like the Biombo who have a population of only about 5,000. The incised geometric designs on the cheeks & chin indicate tribal scarifications.
Although Biombo masks resemble their neighbors like the Pende and Kuba, the 3 appendages on top of the head identify this mask as Biombo and also indicate that it is a male mask differentiating it to their female mask 'Tshimwana'. A woven netting encases the back of the mask to provide a secure fit for the wearer's head.
In the past, masks of this type may have served other religious and ceremonial purposes such as marking life's important passages; however, today they are used primarily for entertainment.

Height: 17" x Width: 8" x Depth: 8" - Mask height with raffia is 40".

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