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Crest Mask

20 1/4 x 18 1/4 x 15 in. (51.4 x 46.4 x 38.1 cm)

Unknown, Yaka
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood, fiber, pigment
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1972.54
Location: Currently on view
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Masks like this one are danced by young Yaka men in celebration of completing a stage of their initiation into manhood. These masks provide protection to the young, vulnerable men as they enter into the challenges and responsibilities of adulthood. In particular, they are meant to insure the young men’s virility for the future of the community.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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