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Interesting Kuba Mask with Raffia Hair from DR Congo 20″ – African Tribal Art

Original price was: $275.00.Current price is: $110.00.

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This mask was carved in the style of the Kuba people of DRC. The mask measures 9 inches tall and 20 inches with its hanging vegetable fiber raffia and weighs 1 pound. The mask has minor imperfections including scrapes, cracking and scuffs – please see photos. Stand is not included.

 

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Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Kuba

Material

wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, fabric, shells

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

9" mask; 20" with raffia

Width

14"

Depth

10"

Weight

1 lb

Overall Condition

Imperfections including scrapes, scuffs, cracks – see photos

Tribe Information

About the Kuba People

“During the 16th century, the Kuba migrated from the north and settled between the Sankuru and Kasai Rivers. Today, they number 250,000 and are subdivided into a number of tribes – the Bushoong, the Ngeende, the Kete, the Lele, the Binji, The Dengese, the Mbuun and the wongo. Each clan pays tribute to the Nyim, the king of the Bushoong ruling clan, but their internal affairs are dealt with autonomously. The Bushoong king and his court lived in a closed palace, known as the Mushenge. The king was responsible for the wealth and fecundity of his people.

Each clan within the Kuba kingdom produced artistic objects with specific characteristics, but there are common stylistic features, including predilection for incised geometric decoration. Cups, zoomorphic divination instruments and boxes were produced throughout the realm.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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