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

Lot reference 30881551
Mask (1) - Cord, Raphia, Shell, Wood, skin - Kuba - mukyeem - DR Congo

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Location: Spain
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$94 Bidder 6715
13-11-2019 20:55:52
$88 Bidder 6157
13-11-2019 10:07:00
$42 Bidder 2280
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$2 Bidder 2280
09-11-2019 20:27:58

2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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

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.

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Catawiki member since March 16, 2019, received 4 reviews in total (4 in last 12 months)

  • The two masks arrived promptly in great condition in well padded parcel.

    pilbrow December 9, 2019

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    christian2208 August 29, 2019

  • Perfect !

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