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Bushoong mask (N° 22245)

Enthronement and funeral rites in African art
More than twenty types of masks are used among 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.
Associated with dances that took place in the royal enclosure, this copy is known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash) and embodies Woot's wife/sister, a character said to have been introduced in order to give more prominence to the role of women. Sporting the headdress of the Kuba queens behind a shaved forehead, this mask comes complete with painted geometric designs and trim running along the nose between the blind eyes. Formerly used currency, cowries refer to wealth and social status.
For info on Kuba Ngady mwaash mask. Ref. : "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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OriginCollection française G.
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia, cauris
Height cm31
Width16 cm
Weight0.72 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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