Yaka Ndeemba Mask from DR Congo
17″ x 7″ x 9″ & 0.5lb
Provenance:ex Richard Reitzes, New York
In Yaka culture, masks are worn for multiple occasions. When Yaka boys are ready for initiation they are taken to bush camps and are put through multiple rituals to prepare for manhood. Yaka masks are also worn during public festivals. The ndeemba style mask are worn by newly circumcised young men during their dances and marks their return to village life.