"Hemba", a helmet mask in wood, with a human head of naturalistic expression.

Its top is decorated with incised geometric lines and motifs and surmounted by an animal, possibly an antelope. Used in the closing ceremonies of the male initiation rituals, among the Suku (Angola).


  • Title: Hemba mask
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location Created: Uíge, Angola
  • Physical Dimensions: 48 cm
  • Type: Masks
  • Rights: Collection: National Museum of Ethnology. Image: DGPC/ADF
  • Medium: Wood and raffia
  • Catalog number: MNE: AE.139

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