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A carved wooden face mask of a Ape or Chimpanzee with organic material coating the surface. Hemba peoples, DRC/Congo, central Africa.The extremely stylized chimpanzee masks are called ''mwisi gwa so'o'' a term that alludes to the spirit of the mask. The mwisi gwa so'o masqueraders wear a costume of animal skin, barkcloth and the hair of monkeys. Their raucous dances, performed at funeral and memorial services, reflect Hemba ideas about death and social chaos and stand in opposition to the otherwise ordered world of the living. A high quality professional display stand is included. The Mask measures 12.5 x 9 inches ( 19 inches tall on professional custom display stand) Shipping weight of 8 lbs. Despite the well handled and weathered appearance of this mask, it was most likely carved for the art trade.


fair, well handled.

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Hemba Chimpanzee Mwisi Gwa So'o African Mask

Estimate $200 - $400May 12, 2018