Masks

Louale Mikishi Mask

Louale Mikishi Mask

Country of origin
Zambia
Description
Among the Louale group in the western province of Zambia, masquerades are associated with circumcision and initiation ceremonies. Boys undergo a 6-month learning period isolated in a special camp; the celebrations at the beginning and end of this period feature masquerades using masks called mikishi representing the guardian chikusa spirits.
Dimensions & Weight
34cm high, 25cm wide, 23cm deep
Material
Wood, vegetal fibre, pigment