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Masque Kuba Bushoong Nibita (N° 18488)
br>Serous ringed horns point to the top of this Bushoong mask, a Kuba subgroup. It has half-closed eyelids, a triangular nose highlighted by an embossed rib, and a protruding toothed mouth. Friezes of orange motifs alternate on the surface. The cutout of the headdress also illustrates the kuba hairstyles partially shaved on the temples. A specificity: the relief patterns of horns, which frame the face. This mask is associated with initiation ceremonies. Abraded satin patina. Lack on the reverse at the contour.
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The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong which are still ruled by a king today. It is the most prolific group in Western Kasai. In the south of the country Kuba, at the confluence of the Kasai and Lulua rivers, live the Biombo , whose traditional masked ceremonies bear similarities to those of their neighbors. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or people of lightning, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies remained an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. Most of these masks embody the spirits of nature, guarantors of fertility and fertility, named the ngesh .
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