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Masque Bwoom Bushoong Cuba (N° 16477)
The Early African Arts at "the lightning people".Regional version of the voluminous and heavy royal Bwoom mask depicting the pygmy, the man of the people nicknamed Twa, devoid of beaded inlays, cauris or metal. Supposed to be blind, it is depicted without eyeballs, only discrete perforations were made in the sinking of the gaze. The center of the head, hollowed out in a circular way, is crowned with raffia. The back part has a hand engraved in low relief. According to Joseph Cornet, this mask was introduced during the reign of a kuba king, the nyim, who went mad after having the offspring of his predecessor murdered. Dark grainy patina. Fissures.The Kuba Kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong which are still ruled today by a king. 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. The ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display the 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 compound, for funerals, inductions, or for circumcisions: the first, called Moshambwooy , represents Woot , the founder of the Bushoong subtribe, the hero of culture. The second, known Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), plays Woot's wife/sister, a character who was reportedly introduced to give more importance to the role of women. The third mask is Bwoom.
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