This Congolese helmet mask is wood carved and painted. It was made by the eastern or Kasai Pende people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the early 20th century. The mask is known as gipogo or kipoko and would be used at ceremonies during rituals to ward off illness. Gipogo masks are also worn for initiation rites of male adolescents. Some of the typical features of this mask include the use of the colors red, black and white, the prominent nose and shelf-like black beard edged with black and white triangles.
This mask was collected by the donor while a missionary in the Belgian Congo, from 1922-1925.