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Masque U+0022éléphantU+0022 Cuba Ngeende (N° 18491)

The Ngeendé, one of the Kuba tribes living in the east of the territory, produced a variant of the spectacular African mask Kuba moshambwooy created by the Bushoong ruling ethnic group. There are many regional stylistic interpretations of this Kuba tribal mask named Mukenga or even Mukenge , symbolizing the ruler Woot at the origin of the clan, but the characteristic of the mask invariably remains the trunk-shaped headdress. Crafted on a basket frame, the hem mask is entirely covered with hundreds of beads and cauris arranged in geometric patterns. A thick raffia collar fills the contours. This mask embodies the power of the king by its animal symbolism, the elephant being once a source of wealth and abundance thanks to the ivory of its tusks. Partially disjointed trim on the back and contour.
 

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyNgeende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles, cauris, raphia
Height63
Width36
Weight2.90 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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