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Kuba Ngeende Isheen imalu mask
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Nature spirits, the ngesh , were believed to be embodied in Kuba masks during the dances. The footprints of the dancers were then erased so as not to "hurt" the women venturing into the dance area. The mask on the other side appeared during initiation ceremonies, sometimes at the funerals of notables. This warrior mask, not belonging to the royal masks, named Ishyeen imaalu and also Pwoom itok , belonged to the babende society. It has exorbitant conical pupils set off by eyebrows extended with horns that refer to warrior headdresses. The pigments of the decorative motifs remain very weakly visible. Misses and cracks of desiccation. Height on base: 44 cm. The Kuba kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the main Bushoong tribe which is still ruled by a king today, and whose ...


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Kete Kuba Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Kete Mask

Spectacular by its conical pupils, the mask we present is of a classic type among Kete masks, with a geometric decoration, diamonds and stripes composed of contrasting natural pigments, ochre earth and white clay. The punctures under the eyes allowed the wearer's vision. The abraded patina, locally sained, and the internal footprints show frequent use.
The Kete, established between the Luba and songye, mingled with the Kuba and Tschokwe and derive their livelihood from hunting, net fishing, and agriculture. Their matrilineal society worships spirits named mungitchi by offerings and incantations. Believing in reincarnation, they also fear a supreme god called mboom. The rituals of their initiation societies are different from those of the Kuba. Some Kete villages once paid a tax to ...


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Coupe céphalomoprhe Lele, Bashilele
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Lele Cup

Among the prestigious objects of everyday life, this palm wine cup also features a posterior handle on which a face is also engraved. The base of the object is damaged, as are the edges of the cut. Like their Kuba vosins, the Leles have a wide variety of ceremonial sculptures, used during divination rites, pacts, ritual ceremonies.
Belle glossy black-brown patina.br-pThe Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige 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 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 ...

Masque Bwoom Bushoong Cuba
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Tribal art > African mask > Bwoom Mask

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 ...


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Funeral Mask Inhuba Kabongo Kuba
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Tribal art > African mask > Funeral Mask Inhuba Kabongo Kuba

This piece has an important decorative richness, it is attached to a prestigious funeral mask Inhuba.
There are many geometric patterns in low relief. The rear edge has a rope attached with the help of punctures that kept it in place despite its volume and weight.
The tapered eyes are characteristic of Kuba.

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 big 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 its Kasaï" velvets are also magnificent ceremonial costumes. Kuba masks find their identity during rites of passage

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Peace Knife Ikula Kuba
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Ikula Knife

The Ikula knife (peace knife) is not a weapon but a symbol of social status. This symbol of authority was very little sharpened. The Kuba blacksmiths were able to draw inspiration from the knives of Benin, whose shape is similar, introduced by the Dutch. It was following a royal decree that wooden knives appeared, the king forbidding iron on full moon nights.
The handle is made of metal, the shared blade of an embossed rib engraved with criss-cross lines adopts an unusual shape of an inverted pear. The holes on the blade would be associated with the number of wives of its holder.

Severy tribes make up the Kuba group, established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers: Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kété, etc. Each of them has produced a variety of sculptures, statues, ...


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Masque Mwaash aMbooy mu shall Bushoong
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Tribal art > African mask > Bushoong Mask

French African tribal art collection.
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 ...

Masque Kumu, Komo, Nsembu
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Tribal art > African mask > Nsembu Mask

Mask named Nsembu , which performed in male-female pairs, it was used by the sorcerer's society Nkunda at the clans living in the north of the Uituri region. It is embellished with polychrome dotted, an allusion to the animal world, and the color pigments that adorn the bodies during the initiation rites. Patine mate. Height on suitable base: 41 cm.
The Kumu, Bakumu and Komo, live mainly in the North-East and central Areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko. Their artistic production also has great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were displayed during the closing ceremonies of the ...


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Kuba Spearhead
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Kuba Arrow

The Kuba of the Democratic Republic of Congo, made up of the Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kété tribes, etc. established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers, stood out for their sophisticated royal art and variety. For the past century, this creative people has provided many remarkable pieces to museums and collectors in Europe and America. The Kuba are made up of eighteen groups, including the dominant Bushoong who were at the origin of the Kuba kingdom ruled by the Nyim king in the 16th century. Each clan has produced a variety of sculptures, statues, prestigious objects, masks, frequently decorated with geometric patterns.
The Kuba, whose name means " flash " also produced African tools and weapons, including jet knives, which later became transaction values, and heavy ...


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Kuba lidbox
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Tribal art > Usual african items > Kuba Box

The Kuba are renowned for the refinement of prestige objects created for members of the high ranks of their society. The Leus live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoong of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. The only ethnic group created a variety of lidded containers in which individual goods were stored, the Kuba adorned them with patterns similar to those of embroidered textiles. The top lid that forms here like a toque is engraved with a large decorative frieze. It rests on a flared pot, tightened in the center, under which an animal symbol forms a stylized pattern in relief. Very nice refined object, equipped with a clever system: a small internal hook allows to fit the lid on the edge ...


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Double Kuba neck support
Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Kuba

Original design, reserved for a couple according to some, this neck rest stands out thanks to its curved double support. The glossy supports, supported by three colonial feet emerging from a rectangular base, are engraved with geometric patterns arranged in regular triangles. This piece of furniture, widely distributed throughout the African continent, could have different uses: "dream support" preserving elaborate hairstyles, but also transportable seating, sometimes deliberately unstable in order to be able to cradle children, the base sometimes forming tablet, this utilitarian object, among some tribes of South Africa, became an object of seduction offered to the future wife.
Smooth, dark patina. Localized erosions.
The Kuba of the Democratic Republic of Congo, established ...


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Crest Mask Kuba Ishyeen imaalu
Tribal art > African Statues > Kuba mask

The people of the lightning" and the African art
The spirits of nature, the ngesh , were supposed to be incarnated in the Kuba masks during the dances. The dancers' footprints were then erased so as not to injure the women venturing into the dance zone. This round-bump sculpture is made up of an anthropomorphic figure on a janiform mask. The latter reproduces the features of the warrior mask Ishyeen imaalu (Pwoom itok) of the babende society whose exorbitant conical pupils would allude to the chameleon. Symbolic zoomorphic motifs are drawn on the bust of the statue, and graphics painted on the cheeks.
Abrased polychrome pigments. Desication cracks and erosions.
The Kuba Kingdom was founded in the 16th century by the Bushoong who are still ruled by a king today. ...


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