Artwork Resource Packet: Mask (Mukenga)

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Mask with protruding stylized elephant trunk, red feather pom-pom, attached beard
Helmet Mask (Mukenga), 1875–1950
Kuba

The Mukenga mask honors men important to the royal household. Its materials relate to rank, status, and leadership. The use of leopard and monkey fur, parrot feathers, and forms borrowed from the chameleon and elephant serve as visual metaphors for the characteristics of the animals and by extension, of Kuba rulers. This teaching packet includes an essay, discussion questions, activity ideas, a glossary, and an image of the artwork.

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