Pop-up exhibition ‘Giant Masks from the Congo’

Giant Masks from the Congo. A Belgian Jesuit ethnographic heritage
Temporary exhibition from 13 May – 8 November 2015 at BELvue museum, Brussels

Giant Masks from the Congo presents a set of masks used during the mukanda male initiation rite among the Yaka and the Suku, people of the southwestern DR Congo. These masks, along with other pieces on display, reflect the ethnographic research and collection conducted by Jesuit missionaries in the Belgian Congo. The Jesuits were in close contact with the RMCA since the late 1910s.
These masks are remarkable in their exceptional form and design. Most of these pieces have never before been seen in public or in print… more (on our website)