Democratic Republic of the Congo
Wood, pigment, and raffia fiber
"A Suku artist created this hemba helmet mask to be used during the makunda, or initiation ceremonies for adolescent boys into adulthood. I find these masks striking because of the rendering of the facial features, with slit eyes and exaggerated cheeks and forehead. The somber expression, common among hemba masks, also reminds me that these objects are visual representations of elders who have passed away." -- Rachel Kabukula, Curatorial Assistant of African Art.