Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.

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Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
Selection of Fine Colonial Kuba Masks.
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Feathered Helmet Mask Mwaash "aMbooy mu shall", Kuba People, DRC, 46 x ?

The kings or local chiefs of the Kuba in Central Congo wore a mwaash aMbooy mask to express their royal power. This type of mask represents Woot, the founding ancestor of the Kuba. Woot occurs in all kinds of ceremonies. For example, on some occasions the masked king reenacts the founding of his kingdom and thus legitimizes his own power and rule. This mwaash aMbooy mask is made of wood, elephant skin, raffia cloth, cowrie shells, bird feathers and beads. The kings or local chiefs of the Kuba in Central Congo wore a mwaash aMbooy mask to express their royal power. This type of mask represents Woot, the founding ancestor of the Kuba. Woot occurs in all kinds of ceremonies. For example, on some occasions the masked king reenacts the founding of his kingdom and thus legitimizes his own power and rule. This mwaash aMbooy mask is made of wood, elephant skin, raffia cloth, cowrie shells, bird feathers and beads.Austrian collection.

Feathered Face Mask "Ishyeen Imaalu", Kuba People, DRC, 50 x 27 x 30 cm.

The Ishyeen imaalu mask is ranked within a hierarchy of masking that perform during activities associated with the men's initiation society called Babende. Ishyeen imaalu appears most often at funerals of members of the initiation society.This very fine Kuba masks represents a warrior and is decorated with feathers reserved for that purpose.Belgian collection.

Beaded headdress from "Ngadi Mwaash" mask, Kuba People, DRC, 38 x 28 x 23 cm.