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Bushoong Mask (N° 17660)
French African tribal art collection.
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The first African arts in the lightning people.
Shest the Ngongo, Ngeende, Pyaang and Shoowa of the Kuba region, the leader kum apoong choisi among the aristocratic clan wore a sumptuous costume and this blind hem mask at his inauguration. On a rigid basket structure, a raffia textile was applied and then embroidered with beads, currants, embellished with fur giving volume to the cheeks, and vegetable fibers at the lower edge.
The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong which are still ruled by a king today. 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 the deceased or to honor the king. Three types of masks related to Kuba mythological history have been associated with dances that take place in the royal precinct, for funerals, inductions, or for circumcisions: the first, called Moshambwooy, represents Woot, the founder of the Bushoong sub-tribe, the hero of the 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 Bwoom.
Ref. : 'a target'_blank' rel-'nofollow' href'https://reinesheroinesdafrique.wordpress.com/2016/10/08/the-queens-of-the-empire-kuba-the-mystere-of-the-masks-of-the-queen-mere-ngokady/'' Kuba (c) by Binkley and Darish at 5Continents Editions.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, plant fibre, perles, cauris, fourrure|
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