"Hemba", a helm mask in polychrome wood, used by the Hemba (Angola) during the rituals of puberty. On top of the head, a painted cloth hat is surmounted by the figure of a bird.


  • Title: Hemba mask
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location Created: Angola, Kitobo, right bank of the river Kwango.
  • Physical Dimensions: 58 cm
  • Type: Masks
  • Rights: Collection: National Museum of Ethnology. Image: DGPC/ADF
  • Medium: Wood, fibers
  • Catalog number: MNE: AM.818

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