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Kuba Pyaang mask (N° 18685)
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still today ruled by a king. It is the most prolific group in Western Kasai. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or "lightning people", with meanings and functions that vary from one group to another. Ritual ceremonies remained the occasion to display decorative arts and masks to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. Most of these masks embody spirits of nature, guarantors of fertility and fecundity, called ngesh . Housed under deep arched eyebrows in the heart, the eyelids are incised. At the top, a small cylindrical protuberance was used to attach accessories such as feathers. The cut-out of the skull also illustrates the partially shaved Kuba hairstyles on the temples. The mouth is discreet. Polychrome matte patina. Cracks and erosions on the upper contour.
Sub-group Kuba established among the Kete, the Pyaang , specialized in the art of forging, also share with the Kuba Bushoong similar artistic traditions, including the use of large helm masks, but are however distinguished by the production of figurines in crouching position.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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