MASHAMBOY (WOOT) helmet mask, KUBA, D.R. Congo, approx. 1970

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Kuba (Bakuba, Bushongo), Democratic Republic Congo Mashamboy (Woot) helmet mask. The Kuba, a confederation of nineteen ethnic groups that are dominated by the Bushong, has more than twenty types of masks, that are considered embodiments of spirits. This mask is one of the three most important types that belong to the royal family. According to a source, this type of mask was invented around 1350 A.D. Mythical origin and royal battle for power were ritually mimicked with a triad of masks during important initiation and burial ceremonies. A mask that represents both the god Woot and the king Mashamboy. Mashamboy fell in love with his sister Mgaady A Mwaash, who became his wife. His brother, Bwoom, doubts that Mashamoboy has the right to the throne and Mgaady. The upper part of the mask represents an elephant tusk, a royal emblem. The masqueraders recall the Bushong-myth and the creation as well as historical events. It also served to enforce the law. This is a fantastic piece and remarkably complete in its form. Overall in good condition. Look carefully at the photos!

Height: approx. 37 cm
Circumference below: approx. 120 cm
Weight: 1055 grams
Materials: textile, beads, cowries, raffia, wood, animal fur
Origin: D.R. Congo
Date: approx. 1970
Provenance: Obtained from a Flemish private collection

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