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Kuba Mask (N° 24107)

This African mask of the Kuba type was used during initiation rites. Sculpted in a soft wood, it offers little depth, and altered contours. Her tiara is pierced with holes to attach the raffia that completed the dancer's outfit. Wicker ties remain fixed behind the ears. Velvety matte patina, erosions, cracks. Height on base: 49 cm.
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still ruled by a king today. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or "lightning people", 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. Three types of masks linked to Kuba mythological history have been associated with dances that take place in the royal enclosure, on the occasion of funerals, enthronement, or for circumcisions: the first, called Moshambwooy , represents Woot , the founder of the Bushoong sub-tribe, the culture hero. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), plays Woot's wife/sister.
Ref. : "Kuba"; D. Binkley and P. Darish - ed5Continents -  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm32
Width20 cm
Weight0.87 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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