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Masque Cuba (N° 19978)
This kuba mask or surrounding related groups, kete and bushoong, bears various artistically made decorative motifs. Polychrome patina.
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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 "bless" women venturing into the dance area.
The Kuba Kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong , which is still ruled by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge.More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or " people of lightning", with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display 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 precinct: the first, called Moshambwooy , represents Woot , the founder of the Bushoong sub-tribe, the hero of culture. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), plays Woot's wife/sister, a character who would have been introduced to give more importance to the role of women. The third mask is called Bwoom . Source: " Kuba" 5Continents.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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