c. 1940

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Overall: 26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1976.179



Kiphoko is a mask of healing and protection. Closely associated with the sacred regalia of chiefs, it is used at the conclusion of boys' initiations and at ceremonies venerating ancestors. The style of the eyes is quite similar to that of the Chokwe mask (1978.27), created by the Pende's southern neighbors.

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African Art
African Art
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