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Bushoong mask (N° 22371)

Enthronement and Funeral Rites in African Art
More than twenty types of African masks are used among the Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to exhibit decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king.
Associated with dances that took place in the royal enclosure, this exemplary is known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash) and plays Woot's wife/sister, a character said to have been introduced in order to give more prominence to the role of women. The mask was accessorized with an ornament attached to the perforations of the upper contours of the face. Geometric patterns are painted. The blind eyes are separated by a ribbon of raffia sewn with beads symbolizing wealth and social status.
Gaps and erosions.
For info on Kuba Ngady mwaash mask. Ref. : "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm28
Width15 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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