African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask
African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask

African Kuba Bwoom Beaded Helmet Mask

Ref: S-75-0014
Kuba (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Crafted of wood, raffia, glass beads, cotton, seed pods and cowrie shells, this African mask represents the Kuba people's mythological figure of Bwoom as identified by his bulging forehead and broad nose. Kuba mythology centers around three royal figures who include the founder of the ruling dynasty Woot, his wife and Bwoom whose identity is unclear. Some say he represents the King's younger brother while others say he is the common man. The mask would be worn in a ceremonial masquerade at a boy's initiation. Together with display stand.

Mid 20th century
W 22 D 19 H 13/30 in.
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