Lot: 336

Helmet mask "emboli" or "mbuto"

Gabon, Kota

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Nick Poolos (Adeon Gallery), Chicago, USA H: 16.3 inch 4500 EUR / 9000 EUR

wood, base This masks are worn during dances in celebration of the initiation of adolescent boys. Their circumcision forms the climax of the ritual. The mask is also worn during anti-sorcery séances or for psychotherapeutic purposes.

Philips, Tom, Africa, Die Kunst eines Kontinents, New York 1996, p. 316, ill. 4.88