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Masque Kuba Bushoong Bwoom (N° 19295)

The early African arts in "the lightning people".
Ngongo version of the voluminous and heavy royal Bwoom mask, supposedly blind, representing the pygmy, the man of the people nicknamed Twa. These masks were most often borrowed from Kuba groups. According to Joseph Cornet, this mask was introduced during the reign of a Kuba king, the nyim, who became insane after having his predecessor's offspring murdered. Dark satin-like patina, erosions, and cracks. Discreet polychrome highlights. 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 provided an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. Three types of masks related 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 hero of the culture. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), represents the wife/sister of Woot, a character that was introduced to give more importance to the role of women. The third mask is Bwoom .  

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Originex-collection Timmerman
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height36
Width23
Weight1.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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