Crafted of wood, raffia, glass beads, cotton, seed pods and cowrie shells, this African mask represents the Kuba people's (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 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
Width 22 Depth 19 Height 13/30 in.