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Helmet Mask

Helmet Mask

late 1800s-early 1900s

Wood, basketry reed, metal

Overall: 50 x 25 x 27.2 cm (19 11/16 x 9 13/16 x 10 11/16 in.)

René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.450

Fun Fact

Suku helmet masks are often used in initiation ceremonies for young men in the society.

Description

Suku helmet masks are often used in initiation ceremonies for young men in the society. Helmet masks such as this represent images of deceased elders in the society. They are to ensure successful hunting, help cure illnesses, and protect its wearer from evil. The animal shaped like a gazelle or antelope is typically associated with folktales, proverbs, and personal hunting exploits.

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