MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Dance Mask W/Hat
Object Name:
Mask, Ritual
Other Name:
Mask, Dance
Place of Origin:
Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 13—1/2"
W = 7"
D = 8"

The extensive use of red paint and patterns on the cheeks indicates that this is a funerary mask. The Kuba peoples preceived red and orange as strong colors and associated them with the power of death, the great disrupter of life. This type of mask would be worn in dances at funerals of senior titleholders.
Elongated dance mask with Kuba feathered hat. Red, white and black striped diagonal designs on each cheek. Large protruding forehead of red and black faded geometric designs on forehead. Slit eyes outlined in white paint in black orbits, long large wedge—shaped nose, red mouth with slit in center, with protruding black lips. Cheeks flanged out from sides, wearing star—shaped woven hat of raffia.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Paint, Feathers and Raffia
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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