The extremely stylized chimpanzee masks are called mwisi gwa so'o a term that alludes to the "spirit-invested object of the chimpanzee human" that inhabits the mask. Their raucous dances, performed at funeral and memorial services, reflect Hemba ideas about death and social chaos and stand in diametrical opposition to the otherwise ordered world of the living.
Height: 10.3cm, Width: 7.7cm
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