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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Yaka Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
119

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Yaka Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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New York

Yaka Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Provenance

Stella Hadji-Thomas, acquired in situ
Thence by family descent
Private Collection, New York, acquired from the above

Catalogue Note

Kholuka masks were worn by Yaka boys who were undergoing initiation rituals that marked their passage from adolescence to manhood. During this process, the boys traveled from their villages to a remote location where they were circumcised. Upon the conclusion of this ceremony, the adolescents took off the masks as a symbol of their re-birth into adulthood. Upon the return of the new initiates, their home communities held a celebratory dance ceremony in which these brightly painted masks were prominently featured. Kholuka masks were designed to extol traits of masculinity, and when danced would have had a large fiber beard.

Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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New York