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.
Wearing the headdress of the Kuba queens, this mask is accompanied by painted geometric patterns and a trim along the nose between the blind eyes. Formerly used currency, cowries refer to wealth and social status.
Lacks and abrasions. Polychrome matte patina.
For info on Kuba Ngady mwaash mask.
Ref. : "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.
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