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Royal Kuba / Ngeendé mask (N° 19342)

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
The Ngeendé, forming one of the Kuba tribes living in the eastern part of the territory, produced a variant of the spectacular African Kuba mask moshambwooy created by the ruling bushoong ethnic group. There are many regional stylistic interpretations of this Kuba tribal mask named Mukenga or Mukenge, symbolizing the Woot ruler at the origin of the clan, but the characteristic of the mask invariably remains the trunk-shaped headdress. Made on a wickerwork frame, the helmet-like mask is entirely covered with hundreds of pearls and cowries arranged in geometric patterns. A thick raffia collar decorates the contours. This mask embodies the power of the king through its animal symbolism, the elephant being once a source of wealth and abundance thanks to the ivory of its tusks. Excellent state of preservation.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)raphia,cauris, perles, fourrure
Weight1.28 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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