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Masque Kuba Bushoong Isheen mwalu (N° 16500)

The spirits of nature, the ngesh , were supposed to be incarnated in the Kuba masks during the dances. The dancers' footprints were then erased so as not to injure the women venturing into the dance zone. The mask appeared during the initiation ceremonies, sometimes at the funerals of notables. Sculpted interpretation of the type of warrior mask Ishyeen imaalu (Pwoom itok), belonging to the society babende, adopts the exorbitant conical pupils, surrounded by perforations for vision, associated with the chameleon. It also offers highlights in the form of gold metal sheets, arranged on the mouth, on the frontal protrusion, on the cheeks, and in diamond on the temples. Black and Burgundy Pigments, Localized Abrasions . More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or " lightning people", with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. The ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display the decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. Three types of Kuba masks have been associated with dances that take place in the royal enclosure: the first, called Moshambwooy , represents Woot, the founder of the Bushoong subtribe, the hero of culture. The second, known Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), plays Woot's wife/sister, a character who was reportedly introduced to give more importance to the role of women. The third mask is called Bwoom. Source: "Kuba" 5Continents.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height33
Width25
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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