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Mask - Beads, Cowry, Raphia - mukyeem - Kuba - Congo DRC

Mask - Beads, Cowry, Raphia - mukyeem - Kuba - Congo DRC

A colorful Mukyeem Beaded Mask
H= 45 cm

CONDITION: blue, red, yellow green glass beads, , white cowries shells, raphia,perfect condition.

Collected in the 80's by a private collector in Antwerp. Estimated age: 1970-80's

The mukyeem mask , of helmet-like form and large proportions a raffia attachment at the base, composed of a flat animal skin facial plane pierced through for attachment of the expressive beaded facial features, and wearing an elaborate headdress composed of white, black beads and cowries.
H=40cm 47 on stand.

The mask was created as a helmet used in initiation ceremonies; the ceremonies include those relating to the founding and creation of the Kuba kingdom as well as the ruling family, Mukyeem is known as figuring an elephant.

See a video about a recent Royal Man’s Mask (Mukenga) from the Kuba kingdom at the BMA museum

Object Mask
Indigenous object name mukyeem
Ethnic group/ culture Kuba
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Beads, Cowry, Raphia
Period 2nd half 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 40×45×40 cm
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