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Creator Name: Luba
Creator Nationality: African; Central African; Congolese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Luba
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood, pigment
Dimensions: H.19 x W.15 x D.1 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 53.14
Credit Line: Gift of Stephen, Peter, and Michael Pflaum in Memory of their grandfather Arther G. Cohen
Large dance masks like this one were used by Kasai Luba people, an isolated group of Luba speakers who migrated west of the Luba homeland in the 18th century. Although there was little use of masks in the center of the Luba empire, people in remote areas borrowed and adapted the masquerades of their neighbors. On this example the patterns on the hair and beard represent elaborate braiding, and the teeth are decoratively filed. This is one of only two examples of this type of helmet mask in museum collections.
AMICA ID: MIA_.53.14
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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