This is a fabulous 1980's Mukanda Mask from the Chokwe Tribe from Zaire. This type of mask is made of fabric, reed and fiber and resin. This style of mask was used in Mukanda, boys initiation camps. The mukanda masks play a role in male initiation. The mukanda is an initiatory institution through which religion, art, and social organization are transmitted from one generation to the next. Mukanda training lasts from one to two years. Boys between the ages of about eight and twelve are secluded in a camp in the wilderness, away from the village. There they are circumcised and spend several months in a special lodge where they are instructed in their anticipated roles as men. As part of their instruction, the boys are taught the history and traditions of the group and the secrets associated with the wearing and making of masks. Mukanda masks are also made of barkcloth over an armature of wicker. They are covered with a layer of black resin, which can be modeled before it is ornamented with pieces of colored cloth. These mask are rare and not well known, due to the fact that they are often burned at the end of the initiation period. This unique and rare mask would be a wonderful addition to your collection.
COMES ON STAND
Shows age, loss of paint, missing a cloth charm on the right hand side, the lip has a crack across it, many tears in the red fabric down the back, but overall in good condition. Collectors Item Rare and Hard to Find.
36" tall on Stand
31" tall with Cloth Back
19" tall without Cloth Back
11 1/2" wide
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