Africa, Zaire, Yaka, northern area / Mask (Koluka/mbala) / c. 1935-1940Africa, Zaire, Yaka, northern area
Mask (Koluka/mbala)
c. 1935-1940

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: African; Central African; Congolese
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Zaire, Yaka, northern area
Title: Mask (Koluka/mbala)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1935
Creation End Date: 1940
Creation Date: c. 1935-1940
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood, cloth, raffia, and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 47cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1969.8
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Provenance: Robert Stolper, New York (1962)
Style or Period: Africa, Zaire, Yaka, northern area
Context: Yaka masks instruct and protect male youths during initiation. Designed by both sculptor and wearer-initiate, the masks were danced, displayed, and then judged on the basis of their originality, skillful construction, and striking color combinations. Imagery symbolizes the sexes: the multiple projections recall the feathered woven hats of paramount chiefs; the delicately painted colors refer to men (red) and women (white); and the large slit eyes and nose evoke a powerful, watchful ancestral presence.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1969.8
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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