#F414
AFRICA, CONGO
Tribal Group: KUBA.
Tribal African art Kuba mask
Kuba Mask, with attenuated face.
Cut raffia hair. Natural hair beard.
Cowrie shell and bead trim. This is an older piece, precise age uncertain.
Acquired 1996

19" high, including stand.

Carver Unknown

US$1,000
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Congo African Kuba tribal art mask
More than twenty different masks, each with different meanings and functions, have roles in the art of the Kuba people. They vary from subset to subset, with wooden helmet masks being the most common. The variety and complexity of design, with wonderful decoration and surface designs in vibrant colors, patterns, and textures makes these masks - when authentic - very attractive to art and cultural collectors. Face masks like the one shown here are augmented with full-body costumes to complete the manifestation of spirits that serve as intermediaries between the Supreme Being and the people. Masking ceremonies and dances are usually associated with manhood initiations and funerals, events of great significance to the Kuba people

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