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Dimensions: L:14.2in W:6.3in D:8.3in
This type of mask covered in cowrie shells, beads and geometric designs that are typical of Kuba art comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It depicts the wife of Woot, the mythical creator of Kuba royalty. Male members of the secret society in the Kuba tribe wear these masks at funerals, initiation ceremonies, and annual celebrations commemorating the founding of the Kuba kingdom.
About the Tribe
The Kuba people also called Bakuba live in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). This tribe is composed of eighteen groups located in the southern most part of the Great Equatorial Forest, which is on the boarder of the tropical forest and the open savannah. The groups are divided into lineages related through matrilineal descent; the lineages are segments of numerous dispersed clans. The Kuba are united in a kingdom, ruled by the central Bushongo group, which emerged about 1600. Nature spirits and the spirits of dead kings dominate Kuba religion.
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