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Masque Kuba / Nkutshu (N° 19041)
Induction and Funeral Rites in African Art
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More than twenty types of masks are used among the Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from one group to another. Ritual ceremonies were the occasion to display decorative arts and masks to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king.
Three types of masks have been associated with dances that take place in the royal enclosure: the first, called Moshambwooy, represents Woot, the founder of the Bushoong, the hero of the culture. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), embodies the wife/sister of Woot, a character that would have been introduced to give more importance to the role of women. The third mask is called Bwoom. As a character, Bwoom has been variously interpreted as a prince (the king's younger brother), a man of the people, a pygmy, even a subversive element at the royal court.
Bulbous forehead and shaved temples for this mask decorated with geometric checkered patterns, and distinguished by the presence of an imposing nose. Polychrome matte patina, abraded areas.
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|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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