This is a Rare and Magnificent Hemba Bark Cloth Costume with an attached Wood Monkey Mask with Cowrie Shells and attached Animal Skin on the Top Back of the Head from Zaire in the DRC, Congo. This is a Suko-Mutu mask which means "Ape Man". These full body masks come mainly for the festive funeral. It represents the mind of a chimpanzee, a symbol of fertility and fertility. The dancer is hidden under a bark cloth, starts his dance with acrobatics. Their raucous dances, performed at funeral and memorial services, reflect Hemba ideas about death and social chaos and stand in diametrical opposition to the otherwise ordered world of the living. The characteristic nose of the ‘soko mutu’ is long, thin and ‘swings’ free above the broad, flat upper lip of the chimpanzee face. The mouth of the ape is open, flat, very broad and curved upwards on both sides. This gives the chimpanzee the cheerful expression of a ‘broad smile’. The edge of the upper lip is carved in zigzag form, symbolizing the upper row of teeth. The Hemba monkey mask reflects the ability of the African artist to characterize the idea of life and death in brooding sculptural form, as well as the dancers ability to impart the lessons of living within a rationally structured society. The mask is worn on the head so that the masquerader looks out of the mouth. This is a rare Hemba Full Bark Cloth Body Monkey Mask Costume that would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.
Shows age and some bark cloth is torn, but mask is in excellent condition. MUSEUM QUALITY
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7" Wide Mask
8" deep Mask
8" Tall Mask
Wood Covered Legs
2.5" Wide legs
6.5" Deep Legs
9.5" Deep Legs and Body
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