KUBA STYLE BWOOM MASKS, DRC

KUBA STYLE
Bwoom
Mask 5
20" high
$500
 

KUBA STYLE
Bwoom
Mask 7
20" high
$400

 KUBA STYLE
Bwoom
Mask 8
18" high
$400

Photographs © Tim Hamill

KUBA STYLE BWOOM MASKS, DRC

Despite their appearance we think these masks were made to be sold.

Masks like these, with their bulging foreheads, represent the evil brother, Bwoom, in a ritual reenactment of Kuba mythological origins and royal power struggles. Seeking both the throne of his brother, Mwaash A Mboy, and the king's wife, Ngaady A Mwaash, Bwoom symbolically speaks for the common man.

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