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Masque Kuba / Nkutshu
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Induction and Funeral Rites in African Art
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 ...


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Kuba Shoowa Velvet from Kasai
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The African art and refinement of Kuba weaving, produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raphia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously ...

anthropomorphic Cuba Lele cup
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Among the prestigious objects held by members of the kuba royal family, this type of palm wine cup with a handle is built on a base of legs. The sculpture features the hairstyle in the shape of ram horns on either side of the face, which also refers to the fact that only the nyim (king) and his entourage could own sheep. The face recalls the morphology of the great royal Kuba masks. Checkerboard engravings complete the ornamentation. Dark satin patina.
The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestigious objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic objects with refined motifs, including cuts, drinking horns and cups. The Lele s established in the west of the Kuba Kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele ...


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Effigy Ndop Bushoong Kuba
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Incarnation of the king in Kuba African art.
Of divine origin for his subjects, the king with the peaked headdress shody is shown sitting in a suit on the royal dais, unable to touch the ground. This statue, considered magical, was carved from termite-resistant wood. Symbols ibol associated with his reign, allowing to identify him, surround him, including a drum. The small effigies would generally be figures of slaves. Both head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chieftaincy, "nyim", supernatural abilities stemming from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He thus took care of the perenniality of his subjects, whether it was through harvests, rain or the birth of children. These magical attributes were not hereditary, however. During the last days of the ...


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Kuba Pyaang mask
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The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still today ruled by a king. It is the most prolific group in Western Kasai. More than twenty types of tribal masks are used among the Kuba or "lightning people", with meanings and functions that vary from one group to another. Ritual ceremonies remained the occasion to display decorative arts and masks to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. Most of these masks embody spirits of nature, guarantors of fertility and fecundity, called ngesh . Housed under deep arched eyebrows in the heart, the eyelids are incised. At the top, a small cylindrical protuberance was used to attach accessories such as feathers. The cut-out of the skull also illustrates the partially shaved Kuba hairstyles on the ...


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anthropomorphic Cuba Bushoong cup
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Among the prestigious objects held by members of the Kuba royal family and peripheral groups, such as Bushoong and Dengese, this stunning palm wine cup, remarkably made, features a head drawn on curved legs. The face recalls the morphology of the large royal Kuba masks with a flared hairstyle behind shaved temples. Checkerboard engravings complete the ornamentation. Dark satin patina.
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge. 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 were an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of ...

Masque Kuba Bushoong Nibita
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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.
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 ...

Large mask Ngady mwaash Kuba
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Induction and funeral rites in African art
Wearing the headdress of the Kuba queens behind a shaved forehead, this very large mask is accompanied by polychrome geometric patterns, some of which, oblique, symbolize the tears of the repudiated sister. Pearls inlaid on wide bands underline the features. Once a common currency, cowries refer to wealth and social status. A thick raffia chin strap borders the lower part of the face, while an embroidered raffia textile, covering the headdress, comes back in panel on the back of the mask.
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 ...

Etoffe Kuba Ntcak nsueha Bushoong
African art > African Textile > Textile Kuba

Prestigious fabrics among Kuba African art objects Produced in Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, mainly, subgroup Kuba, these fabrics forming true paintings of primitive art, consist of a textile base in raffia. The geometrical patterns formed represent the body scarification of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases, they took on the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who is said to have introduced the technique of weaving to Kuba country in the 17th century. He had previously introduced the Kuba to the art of forging. It was the men who softened ...


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Masque Kuba Pwoom Itok
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A constant is found on Pwoom Itok masks: exorbitant eyes, a mute mouth. The room here has a thick raffia adornment.
On find on the patina regular geometric patterns offering a beautiful contrast and decoration, testifying to the inspiration of the sculptor.

The Kuba are the most prolific group in Western Kasai. Kuba art developed mainly around the royal person. This prestigious culture, made famous not its masks, just like the large royal masks, these are very elaborate and serve as objects of power, and currency of exchange between groups. Similarly, there are no royal statuettes and his Kasai velvets. are also beautiful costumes of ceromony. Kuba masks find their identity during rites of passage


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Effigy Ndop Bushoong Kuba
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Incarnation of the king in the African art sculpture Kuba.
Alers for his subjects, the king is depicted sitting in a suit on the royal platform, unable to touch the ground. This statue considered magical was carved from termite-resistant wood. Symbols ibol associated with his reign, generally identify him. As leader of both the kingdom and the bushoong chiefdom, 'nyim', supernatural abilities from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He therefore ensured the peregity of his subjects, whether through the harvests, the rain or the birth of the children. These magical attributes, however, were not hereditary.
The gravity-printed face has been carefully constructed, just like the digital feet and hands. Beautiful sculpted work. Locally abraded dark brown patina.


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Vase Cuba
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Plenty of decorative sculptures in African art kuba
Supported by a cove and two female cariatid figures established on a circular base, the cut is engraved with geometric decorative motifs borrowed from the scarifications, also taken up on the textiles in raphia shoowa. The frieze imbolo , composed of intertwined lines, garnishes the edges of the cup. Various forms of cups were carved, the adornment of which sought to glorify the qualities of their owners. Matte patina abraded.
The highly organized and hierarchical Kuba society placed a king or nyim in its centre inspiring the statuary of the ethnic group.
This was considered to be of divine origin. Both head of the kingdom and of the bushoong chiefdom, he was attributed supernatural virtues from witchcraft or ancestors. ...


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Masque Ngady mwaash Cuba
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The rites of induction and funeral in African art
More than twenty types of masks are used in the Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order 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 precinct: the first, called Moshambwooy, represents Woot, the founder of the Bushoong, the hero of culture. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), plays Woot's wife/sister, a character who would have been introduced to give more importance to the role of women. The third mask is called Bwoom. As a character, Bwoom was variously interpreted as a prince (the king's younger brother), a ...


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Coupe céphalomorphe Cuba Bushoong
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The Kuba and the tribes established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, including the Bushoong and Dengese also from the Mongo group, are renowned for the refinement of the prestigious objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. Several Kuba groups produced anthropomorphic ceremonial objects with refined motifs, including cuts, drinking horns and cups. The Leles are established in the west of the Kuba Kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers.Intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of Kuba territory and the Leles have made it difficult to allocate certain objects, as both groups use the same iconography, consisting of faces with elaborate hairstyles and geometric decorative motifs. The Shoowa, who adapted the sculptural style of the Kuba to ...

Coupe Kuba Lee
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Among the prestigious objects held by members of the Kuba royal family and peripheral groups, including Bushoong and Lele or Leele, this type of cephalomorphic palm wine cup. The face recalls the morphology of the large royal Kuba masks with a flared hairstyle behind shaved temples. Engraved motifs complete the ornamentation. Satin brown patina. Lack on the bottom edge.
The Kuba Kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge.More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or Lightning People, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to ...


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Masque Kuba/Bushoong Nibita
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Equipped with two thick horns, this Bushoong mask, a Kuba subgroup, has half-closed eyelids, a triangular nose with an embossed rib, and a protruding toothed mouth. There are orange motifs on the face. The skull cut also illustrates the kuba hairstyles partially shaved on the temples. A specificity: the embossed patterns of horns, bordering the features of the face. This mask is associated with initiation ceremonies. Two-tone patina.
High on a base: 54 cm.
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 ...

Kasai Shoowa Velvet
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raffia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba ...


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Kuba double headrest
African art > Head rest > Kuba neck support

Within the Figurative sculpture of the Kuba, the prestigious objects held by members of the kuba royal family and the peripheral groups, Bushoong and Dengese, are always decorated with engraved motifs, parallel lines, intersecting, and checkerboards. The same geometric patterns, however, adorn objects for undidiidedul use, such as this headrest. Dark satin patina.
The Kuba Kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge.More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or Lightning People, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor ...


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Kasai Shoowa Velvet Panel
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raffia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba ...


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Kuba Whistle
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Within the Kuba figurative sculpture, the prestigious objects held by members of the Kuba royal family and the peripheral groups, Bushoong and Dengese, are always decorated with engraved motifs, parallel lines, intersecting, and checkerboards. The same geometric patterns, however, adorn objects for undidiidedul use, such as this whistle whose tip recalls the cuts the group makes use of. The handle extends from an artistically fluted conical end. Pretty satin dark patina, locally abraded.
The Kuba Kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge.More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or Lightning People, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ...


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Kasai Shoowa Velvet
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
African art and the refinement of Kuba weaving.
Products to Zaire by the Shoowa, Bashoowa, a subgroup Kuba , these fabrics forming real paintings of first art, consist of a textile base in raffia on which threads are cut to the brim, forming a velvet effect accentuated by the contrasts of tone. The geometric patterns formed represent the body scarifications of the ethnic group or the decorations of the sculptures. These refined fabrics were intended to be used at the royal court, as a seat or cover, to enhance its prestige. In many cases they took the value of money, or they also followed their owners into the grave by covering the body of the deceased. It was King Shamba Bolongongo who introduced the velvet weaving technique to Kuba ...


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