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Salampasu Idangani Society ‘Mufuampo’ mask , Democratic Republic of Congo. Unlike other tribes of the savanna, the Salampasu’s use of masks was unique. Through mask ownership, personal status, property gains and individual reputations flourished. Young Salampasu men were not apprentice farmers or hunters, but apprentice warriors. This particular old Mufuampo (raffia) mask is from the Idangani society. It most likely portrays a female character with five horns representing an old hairstyle once popular among Salampasu women. Horns were made of split palm reed and woven fibre, then attached. Woven fibre, pigment, height 35.5 cm Provenance: Collection of Morton and Rebecca Lipkin, Arizona. David Malik

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