Democratic Republic of Congo, of simple abstracted form, the darkened surface with excellent patina; fiber beard and netting to reverse for attachment. height 10in
Provenance: Marc Felix
Exhibited: Governors State University, IL, 2003 Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003 Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004 Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005.
Published: Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.42, fig.95
This unusual Salampasu mask, depicting a ram is quite esoteric. Though other examples exist, they are quite rare, and little is known about the exact use of this old mask. It should be pointed out that many groups inhabiting the Savannah of D.R.C. Congo make masks with Ram-like features, though in most cases the masks are composites of humans with ram horns.