The masks below have beem sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
KUBA STYLE MWAASH A MBOY MASKS, DRC
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 very good examples, these masks show no signs of use and were probably made to be sold.
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