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Helmet mask (gipogo)

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The eastern or Kasai Pende employed several large helmet masks associated with the power of the king and chiefs. This gipogo type appeared at village healing/nurturing rituals. A boldly carved, almost spherical form, it displays protruding features and a shelf like horizontal beard edged with...

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Exchanged by a private collector with Maurice Bonnefoy (dealer), Paris and New York (stock no. 1204); November 9, 1987, sold by Bonnefoy to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Pende peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 19th–20th century


33.02 cm (13 in.)

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Wood, pigment


Africa and Oceania