2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear
|Total nr of items:||1|
|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|
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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The two masks arrived promptly in great condition in well padded parcel.
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|Rest of Europe||$31.02|
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