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Royal Helmet Mask (Mukenga)

Artist/Maker: Kuba people (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Date: early to mid 20th century
Medium: wood, cotton, beads, shell, raffia, leopard skin, monkey hair and parrot feathers
Dimensions:
Overall: 27 x 21 x 27 7/8 in. (68.6 x 53.3 x 70.8 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Robert and Janice Laff
Object number: 2001.59.1
DescriptionThis mask combines references to the elephant (trunk and miniature tusks) with actual leopard skin. Both animals are symbols of the king’s equivalence to these two lords of the bush.
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