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Mask (soko mutu)

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Following a long mourning period, Hemba funeral rites marked the settlement of inheritances and the celebration of restored social balance. This mask, of a type known as soko mutu, was worn at such rites on the forehead or waist of a costumed performer. At other times it would be kept in a...

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Emile Deletaille (dealer), Brussels. November, 1982, sold by Michael Oliver, Inc., New York to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1992, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1992)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Hemba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century

Object Place for Label

Democratic Republic of Congo


18.41 cm (7 1/4 in.)

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Africa and Oceania