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Kuba mask (N° 23369)

Supposed to embody a sick person, or a victim of witchcraft or paralysis, this mask has distorted features and a hairstyle with shaved temples that distinguishes the Kuba groups
. An old colored pastillage pierces very weakly under the greasy black patina. Height on base: 38 cm. Desication abrasions and cracks. The spirits of nature, the ngesh, were supposed to incarnate themselves in the Kuba masks during the dances. The footprints of the dancers were then erased so as not to "injure" the women venturing into the dance area.
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled today by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge. 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.
Source: "Kuba" 5Continents.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm29
Depth14 cm
Width16 cm
Weight1.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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