Iconography
NON-EURASIAN ICONOGRAPHY
Africa
MasksFace masks Tutelary spiritsUsed in initiation rituals
MasksFace masks Masks used in circumcision rituals
Further details
Kakungu mask used in circumcision rituals. Not worn by young circumcised males but by the isikika (specialist in mukanda charms). Kakungu helped to prevent the risk of haemorrhaging. It kept sorcerers at a distance and encouraged/discouraged rain
ARTIST/CREATOR
Suku (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
DATE
19th century - 1st quarter 20th century
LOCATION
Tervuren, Royal Museum for Central Africa (inv. no. EO.0.0.34145)
Notes on photograph
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
Masterpieces of Central Africa, Tervuren Museum, exh. cat. 1997 - 1999
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RELATIONS
Tervuren Museum
Contact
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