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Photographer:
Sousberghe, Léon de  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Sousberghe, Léon de  Search this
Extent:
1 slide (col.)
Culture:
Pende (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Color slides
Place:
Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Date:
[ca. 1957]
Scope and Contents:
Original accompanying Léon de Sousberghe caption reads, " Masque Giphogo." Translated original accompanying caption reads, " Giphogo mask."
For Eastern Pende, if the mask Pumbu depicts the courage that the chief must sometimes muster to address life-and-death issues, its pendant mask, the beloved Kipoko, represents everything warm and nurturing about the chief's role. Every chief of every degree has the right to Kipoko. Typically, sculptors exaggerate the mask's eyes, nose, and ears, but render the mouth diminutive or nonexistent. Thus they convey that the chief should benefit from a kind of sensory hyperactivity in order to know everything that is happening in his village.
Local Numbers:
LS 043
General:
Title source: Archives staff.
Note source: Archives staff.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Masks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color slides
Identifier:
EEPA.1999-010, Item EEPA 1999-100064
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Leon de Sousberghe photographs
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-eepa-1999-010-ref570