Salampasu Warrior's Mask

  • Product Code: SA1-116
  • Dimensions: 11" x 22" x 9"
  • Availability: In Stock
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The Salampasu number approximately 60,000 and live on the frontier between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. They are governed by a few high-ranking chiefs, who are, in turn, assisted by territorial chiefs, who supervise village chiefs. This hierarchical power structure is counter-balanced by a warrior's society. Three mask types representing grades of male society - hunters, warriors, and chiefs - are used by the Salampasu in initiation and other rituals. Common traits are woven vegetable fiber bells attached to the chin and/or top of the head, bulging forehead, deeply set slanted eyes, triangular nose, and rectangular mouth displaying filed teeth. This mask would likely have been used for initiation ceremonies related to the warrior's society. -Bacquart -Robbins/Nooter

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