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Face Mask, Hemba Peoples, D.R. Congo


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Hemba Peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The artistic characteristic features of the Hemba masks include convex eyelids with narrow slits emerging from shallow sockets beneath arched brows and a thin, sometimes painted nose strongly set off from the face area, with broad, narrow mouth opening, which gives them the appearance of grinning. The Hemba (nwisi guw so'o) dancers wear a costume of animal skins and bark cloth dance at memorial ceremonies, reflecting the Hemba ideas of the world of living.



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