20 1/4 x 18 1/4 x 15 in. (51.4 x 46.4 x 38.1 cm)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Medium and Support:
Wood, fiber, pigment
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Currently on view
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]