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$ 5,200

African Kuba Helmet Mask

Origin Congo-Kinshasa
Period 1900-1919
Materials wood, copper, fur, beads, cowrie shells, seeds, raffia, steel stand
W. 12 in; H. 25 in; D. 14 in; H.2. 23 in;
W. 30.48 cm; H. 63.5 cm; D. 35.56 cm; H.2. 58.42 cm;
Condition Good. Age and wear in keeping with the age: stains on the raffia cloth, patina on the copper, minor losses on a seeds, shells and beads as shown.
Creation Date early 20th century
Description A well preserved Helmet Mask known as Bwoon from the Kuba Tribe in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central Africa circa turn of the 20th century. The carved wood mask was decorated with copper plates on the face, and lavished embellished with trade beads, raffia cloth with cowrie shells and hanging seed pods, fur possibly from monkey. The surface and the interior both display good patina indicates a native use (contact rubbing) and age.
Bwoom is one of three types of royal Kuba masks and it is used in dancing ceremony that reenacts episodes of the history of the kingdom. The mask is displayed on a stand that is complimentary and included in the purchase (the stand is not fixed to the mask).
The measurement of the mask itself is 23hx14dx12w with the cloth hanging down.
Styles / Movements African, Traditional, Tribal
Incollect Reference Number 316283
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