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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

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

Dimensions

18.41 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1992.407

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks