late 1800s–early 1900s
Wood, reed, paint, and metal
Overall: 50 x 25 x 27.2 cm (19 11/16 x 9 13/16 x 10 11/16 in.)
René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.450
Suku helmet masks are often used in initiation ceremonies for young men in the society.
Suku helmet masks are often used in initiation ceremonies for young men in the society. Helmet masks such as this represent images of deceased elders in the society. They are to ensure successful hunting, help cure illnesses, and protect its wearer from evil. The animal shaped like a gazelle or antelope is typically associated with folktales, proverbs, and personal hunting exploits.
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