Helmet mask "emboli" or "mbuto"
|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