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Mwashamboy Kuba complete costume, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Seldom costume Mask + 4 pieces- Around 1920 - Good condition-Provenance P.Gilman collection

Collected in the 1950's, this Kuba anthropomorphic seated mortar figure is to be dated from the 1930's or earlier.
Provenance ex-collection Paul Gilman collection, a retired Belgian collector living in Liege-Belgium.

Total H= 160 cm. mask= 40 cm Legs = 2X 55 cm Shirt H=70 cm L = 160 cm .
Mask, leopard skin, raffia, white blue and red beads wood nose and ears, cowries, some abrasion on top ( see images ) . Costume vegetal fibers with extensive signs of use and slighty damaged on shoulder ( see pictures).

The Kuba people of Zaire, Africa, have over twenty different types of ceremonial masks. The three most significant are the royal masks - Mwashamboy, Bwoom, and Ngaady-a-Mwash.
The dance performed with the trio of royal masks is based on a mythical story about love and power.
The mask shown here is the founder and royal ancestor of the Kuba Kingdom, who is personified by Mwashamboy representing Woot and the king.
The Ngaady-a-Mwash mask , another mass from the royal trinity, represents a female ancestor and signifies the essential quality of womanhood. She represents the sister and wife of Woot,. Bwoom is a prince and second rank to his brother Mwashamboy. During a ceremonial dance, Ngaady-a-Mwash is fought over by the two brothers. Mwashamboy fights to keep his royal rank and wife, while Bwoom fights for the power of the throne and for the love of Ngaady-a-Mwash.

The first exhibition with Kuba material was in 1910 in the British Museum with objects coming from the hungarian ethnologist Emil Torday.

It's not so often that you see complete costumes in relative good condition certainly not from the 1920s. A museum piece.

A collection from various sources, among them a fine lele mask, a complete Kuba costume, and more .. See images
This costume from David Norden's collection is sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
Free shipping worldwide .
Please note: seller guarantees this statue authenticity.

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