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Kuba mask (N° 23131)

This mask forms one of the versions of the "Bongo", intervening during the initiation rites and the funerals of the elders of the society. The costume that completes the dancer's outfit (raffia leaves) is comparable to that of "Bwoom". Dull polychrome matte patina, erosions.
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 were an opportunity to exhibit decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. Three types of masks linked 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 culture hero. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), plays Woot's wife/sister.
Ref. : "Kuba"; D. Binkley and P. Darish - ed5Continents -  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm32
Width21 cm
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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