Salampasu Kasangu Circumcision Mask, DRC - circa pre 1950 A fine Kasangu Circumcision Mask is simple and very powerful. The Kasangu (Warriors) are the second ranking group of the three in the membership of the Mungongo Society - an all male organization within the Salampasu people.
An exceptional and rare Masked Salampasu Figure, in the style of the Mukinka - (Chief), in ceremonial costume! The first purpose of the tribally used Mask was to act as a temporary dwelling place for a Spirit. Traditionally these Masks played (and still do) a dominant role in Funerary, Circumcism, Initiation & other ceremonial celebrations. Exact use of the figures is unknown, and while fewer figures exist, the Salampasu are famed for these statuary - some, larger than life!
Rare Lega Mask, DRC An interesting anthropomorphic mask showing generations of use. Recognizable heart shaped face. Wide eyebrows connecting to the nose. Wonderful patterned spots created by the application of kaolin suggests a reference to the leopard, and while the facial features are anthropomorphic, a monkey-like resemblance is also present. The slightly open mouth bears small wooden teeth.
Anthropo-zoomorphic Tribally used Mask - Mali Human features are comfortably mixed with the Monkey and Hyena in this half-helmut Mask of the Kore Society of the Bambara peoples. Typically large for this tribe, this mask measures more than 14" high just under 9" wide - ear to ear. This Mask is delightfully animated and expressive!