Original accompanying Léon de Sousberghe caption reads, " Akwa Mushinga. Près de Totshi, "mère des masques" qui sortent de dessous sa jupe." Translated original accompanying caption reads, " Akwa Mushinga. Near Totshi, "the mother of the masks". The masks are coming out from under her skirt."
In 1953, de Sousberghe photographed a dancer performing the mask Gikuku at the construction of chief Yongo's ritual house near Totshi in the Mushinga chiefdom (Kwilu Pende). Gikuku is a mask in the shape of a large bust with a small raphia head on top. Under its skirt, Gikuku is hiding several other performers that will appear at some point of the performance.
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