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Helmet Mask

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Helmet Mask

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Kwese Artist, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

twentieth century

Medium

Wood and pigment

Accession #

72.40.85

Dimensions

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Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 403

Description

The white paint on the face of this mask identifies it as a representative of ancestral and spiritual realms. In Kwese society, sacred masks perform at initiation ceremonies and on other occasions to promote social well-being, health, and abundance.

Credit

Fred and Rita Richman Collection

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