Photographs © Tim Hamill
MWAASH A MBOY MASK 1
This complex mask, with its elephant trunk and leopard skin, represents kingly power in a ritualized reenactment of Kuba mythological origins and royal power struggles. Portraying both the god Woot and the first king, the character marries his sister, Ngaady A Mwaash, and contests with his brother, Bwoom, who speaks for the commoners. As with most Kuba art, the piece is densely covered with geometric abstract designs.
Although a very good example, this mask shows no signs of use and was probably made to be sold.
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