- Private collection, UK
Yaka masks are associated with nkanda male circumcision and puberty rituals. Initiation masters and the leaders of the initiates wear this type of mask in choreographed appearances of the male ancestors and culture heroes to promote life, growth, and healing and to welcome a new generation of men. The masks contain complex and subtle references to male and female sexuality, the fertility of the earth, and the cycles of the sun and the moon. The superstructure figures, a woman giving birth on this mask, may make more overt statements about sexuality and fertility. At the end of the ceremonies, the masks are either destroyed or sold. Traditionally the mask's upward turning nose was removed and burned, with the ashes being kept until the next initiation ceremonies.
The sculpture will be shipped via express courier with track and trace, fully insured.
1-3 days delivery within Europe. 2-5 days delivery to USA.
- Maschera elaborata
- Regione / Paese
- Repubblica Democratica del Congo
- Legno, tessuto
- Buone condizioni
- Con supporto incluso
- 54×25×25 cm