GREAT! KUBA MPOOM mask, DR Congo, 1930-1950
The Kuba Mpoom mask is a ceremonial mask that originates from the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a highly stylized and intricate mask used in various ceremonial events such as funerals, weddings and dedications. The Kuba Mpoom Mask is characterized by its circular shape, representing the cyclical nature of life and the universe. It is decorated with geometric patterns and symbols that have important cultural and religious significance to the Kuba people. These patterns and symbols are often carved into the wood of the mask or made with applique, beadwork, or cowrie shells. The mask is usually worn by a skilled dancer who performs a ritual dance as part of the ceremony. The dance is often accompanied by music played on traditional instruments, such as drums and xylophones. The dancer's movements are highly stylized, mimicking the movements of the mask itself, which is meant to evoke the spirit world and bring blessings and good fortune to the community. Overall, the Kuba Mpoom Mask is a beautiful and important artifact that represents the rich cultural heritage of the Kuba people. It is highly prized by collectors and museums around the world and is considered a masterpiece of African art.
This is an example of a high quality Kuba Mpoom! Used, in good condition and placed on a custom-made stand! The provenance is provided to the buyer.
Length: wooden part approx. 26 cm
Total length including stand: approx. 52 cm
Total weight: 1211 grams
Origin: DR Congo