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Mask, 19th century
wood, pigment

Large dance masks like this one were used by Kasai Luba people, an isolated group of Luba speakers who migrated west of the Luba homeland in the 18th century. Although there was little use of masks in the center of the Luba empire, people in remote areas borrowed and adapted the masquerades of their neighbors. On this example the patterns on the hair and beard represent elaborate braiding, and the teeth are decoratively filed. This is one of only two examples of this type of helmet mask in museum collections.