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c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask
  • c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask

c1960 Africa Belgium Congo Kuba Ceremonial Mask

Price:

£650.00


Product Description

A nice original c1950 to 1960 African Belgium Congo (now DRC) Kuba Mulwalwa Mask.

The mask is made of wood and painted black with the highlights in a chalky white. It has an interesting abstract look and finishes at the upper jaw, decorated with 3 tooth posts. The mask is finished with a beard of black raffia grass. Condition is good, but there are a couple of old splits to the reverse (not visible from the front) that have been repaired. The mask displays the wear and patina of age. Other than a light brush, the mask has not been cleaned or polished.

The Kuba are known for their raffia fibre bearded masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, often adorned with seeds, beads and shells. The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. The Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, possibly the representation in this mask. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. Alternatively, it could be a Mulwalwa or Nature spirit.

It is part of a collection collected by a French Diplomat based in Africa and purchased from his retirement home in Brittany, France.

Size: 31 x 19.5 x 12 cm (12 ¼ x 7 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches)
Weight: 989 g

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