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Hemba So'o Monkey mask- D.R.C. Congo

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Hemba So'o Monkey mask- D.R.C. Congo

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Early to Mid XXth - Perfect condition. Provenance Dr. Peter Westerdijk

So'o mask Hemba tribe, also called Soko Mutu or Mwisi Gwa So'o meaning "spirit invested " object of the human chimpanzee .
Dark Brown incrusted shiny patina,
Provenance: Collection Dr. Peter Westerdijk, Utrecht, Nederland.
Size: H=24 cm ( 32cm with the custom made metal stand)
Age= Early to Mid XXth

All our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp, by appointment.

This mask is called so'o, meaning "human chimpanzee." It has a human face and a chimpanzee's mouth. To the Hemba, so'o is a frightening, unnatural creature that represents death. The mask appears at the end of a long series of funeral rites to conclude the mourning period.

Through a performance that moves from threatening to amusing, the mask also helps people make the transition from grief back to their daily routine.
This mask convey a powerful ideological message about nature, family and clan.

Compare with the So'o Soko Mutu mask (Hemba tribe) at the MIA Minneapolis Institute of Art : https://collections.artsmia.org/art/55192/misi-gwa-soo-hemba
And one at the Smithsonian in Washington : https://africa.si.edu/collections/view/objects/asitem/Objects@8515/2?t:state:flow=337976b8-e9ae-44c5-91a5-c44223c67b01

Read more about the Hemba tribe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemba_people

Please note: Sold with written description of the tribe and private review by David Norden who guarantees this product's authenticity.

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    Very interesting item. Very good quality
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    andreasrit January 18, 2018

  • Excellent seller as always. Highly recommended.

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    Très beau et ancien masque Lapukpuk
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    lovviere January 5, 2018

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