Mask (1) - Cord, Raphia, Shell, Wood, skin - Kuba - mukyeem - DR Congo

Description
Mask (1) - Cord, Raphia, Shell, Wood, skin - Kuba - mukyeem - DR Congo
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

The Kuba believe that they are descendants of Woot, the first man created by God (called Mboom, Mfcoom or Ncyeem aPoong in different sources). As the founding father and thus an ancestor of all Kuba kings (known as nyim), Woot is commemorated is ceremonies and masquerade dances. He is symbolised in mukyeem helmet masks (also called mukyeeng or mukenga) used during funerals, initiation ceremonies and royal celebrations. When a mask is newly made, it is first worn and danced by the current ruler after which is can be used by other performers. Unique to the southern Kuba region, the mask depicts Woot and royal rulers with ideal elephant attributes; strength, wealth and size. Sometimes, at the death of a king, the mukyeem mask is buried with him and a new one made for the new king.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Kuba
Ethnic group/ culture
mukyeem
Region/ country
DR Congo
Material
Cord, Raphia, Shell, skin, Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
54×27×37 cm
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