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Mask (bwoom)

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This forceful helmet mask performed at initiations and other ceremonies related to the foundation of the Kuba kingdom and its ruling Bushoong dynasty. Depending on the context, such masks might embody nature spirits, commoners, nearby Mbuti (pygmy) forest dwellers, or the founder Woot's...

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Provenance

Acquired in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) by Marc Leo Felix (dealer), Brussels; October 26, 1989, sold by Felix to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Kuba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions

33.02 cm (13 in.)

Accession Number

1994.414

Medium or Technique

Wood, copper, beads, cloth, shells, and seeds

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks