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Mask (kidumu)

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Part of a mask costume, these headpieces appeared in masquerades linked with a nature spirit called Nkita. Young male members of an association entered the village from the wilderness and executed vigorous, cartwheeling dances. When the Teke converted to Christianity, the masquerades ceased. But...

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Sold by Burqui, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Teke peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Republic of the Congo, Democratic Rep. of Congo


Overall: 35 x 33 x 7 cm (13 3/4 x 13 x 2 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, woven raffia cloth, feathers, raffia, pigment


Africa and Oceania