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Suku Mask Congo African Art

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Title Suku Mask Congo African Art
Type of Object Shield-shape mask
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Suku
Materials Wood. pigment, paint
Approximate Age Early 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 12 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Depth: 5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. 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 Large chunks, cracks, chips and general wear

Additional Information: The Suku, whose art closely parallels that of their more populous neighbors, the Yaka, number around 80,000. They extensively use masks to promote success in hunting and to venerate ancestors. The mask presented here, with its white face and blue vertical "scarification" marks, probably originates from the northern part of Suku territory, as the southern artists use quite different color schemes.

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For more information and fine examples, see Kerchache, et al, "Art of Africa".