early 1900s

Wood, raffia, paint, and cotton

Overall: 47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1969.8


This mask is part of a series of eight that appear at the end of an adolescent boy's circumcision and puberty ritual called n-khanda. During the n-khanda, dances are organized to mark the boy's new status and to celebrate his reintegration into the village. Embodying the ancestors who founded the ritual, such masks are worn by the master of the initiation or by the newly initiated himself.

See also
African Art
African Art
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