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Holo Helmet Mask Congo African

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Title Holo Helmet Mask Congo African
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Holo or Suku
Materials wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 13.5 Inches
Width: 14 Inches
Depth: 10 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Old bug damage, large crack/chip on head.


Additional Information:  Holo sculpture takes much from its Yaka and Suku and Chokwe neighbors. This is seen in the details and style of carving as in this marvelously carved male figure with either a lizard or crocodile serving as a form of head crest. The stance and facial shaping argue influence from the Suku. And like the masks and sculptures of their neighbors the Holo decorate the heart shaped faces of their sculptures with white clay. Birds serve as either totemic symbols or protective beings. However little is known of Holo sculpture at present. This figure shows signs of wear along the arms and the face where it has been rubbed. It is also mounted on it’s own base. The Holo are a small grouping of people numbering between 6-10,000 living in close proximity to the Yaka, Suku, Chokwe and Pende people. Coming from Angola sometime during the 16-17th centuries, they are now settled along the banks of the Kwango River. What we know of their art often dates itself to a mid-1950's messianic cult rising during which much of their ritual sculpture was destroyed. Therefore objects either pre-date this event or were hidden during the destruction that took place. They are known for their Nzambi sculptures which held a figure sitting within a square frame and with arms outstretched to either side of the frame in a gesture similar to a Christian crucifixion scene upon which the spread armed image is said to be based. There were other objects such as slit drums, masks and ironwork that were related to royal elites.


Further Readings; Cornet, J. Art of Africa. 1971; Francois Neyt, the Holo of the Upper Kwango. 1982