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    Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Mask (Mwaash a mboy mu shall)
    Leather, wood, beads, fiber, cowry shells, raffia cloth, European cloth, metal

    This is a provincial variant of the royal Mwaash a mboy mask, being in this case the mask of a chief. As with several of the Kuba court masks, this one is constructed rather than simply being carved, made up on a leather base from various materials, including the rank - and wealth-indicative beads and cowry shells. "The top of the head is covered with a soft constructed fiber fabric onto which feathers or fan-like ornaments are attached for dances" (Joseph Cornet. A Survey of Zairian Art. The Bronson Collection. Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1978, p. 211).

    For the age and use evident in this mask the condition is acceptable. There are holes and losses in the leather face and in the various fabrics. Both wooden ears are present, as is the wood nose-mouth unit.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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