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Kuba Bwoom Helm mask with hand on the back , Democratic Republic of the Congo

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DRC, Congo- End XIXth- Early 20th century - Good condition-Provenance Maria Wyss

Impressive Kuba Bwoom helm mask , Democratic Republic of the Congo from Maria Wyss collection.

Wood, dark crusty patina. H= 34 cm D= 36 cm with a custom made stand 64 cm. Crack and native Restoration on the side, hole on top.

Provenance: Maria Wyss, merchant expert and collector of African Art, who lived in Basel (Switzerland) in the 1960s and 1970s and was well known in the collectors and museums community for her good taste and knowledge and helped show the public objects of great beauty and harmony. Worked with many museums, and here objects have ended in prestigious collections.
Got it myself from Jo the Buck a long time ago.

The Bwoom Helmet Mask traces its creation to the reign of King Miko mi-Mbul (Kuba, 2004). This particular mask is called a bwoom because it represents a commoner or a pygmy. In addition the Kuba people produced two other masks, Mwaash Ambooy and Ngady Amwaash. The three masks are used in various ceremonies, such as manhood initiation ceremonies and funerals. The Bwoom mask, however, is the only one of the three that is not used in funerals (Kuba, 2004). Males would wear the masks on the forehead and dance about looking through the holes under the nose. They therefore performed bent forward with their heads slightly upturned to allow them to see, which added a looming appearance. When people wore the Bwoom Helmet mask they would also cover every part of their body to give a more authentic representation of a spirit. The most distinctive feature of the Bwoom Helmet mask is the large forehead.
IMAGE. Loose clothing would be used as a costume to cover the body and give the illusion that the person was a spirit. Northern Edo festival herald, Anogiri; Okpella, Nigeria. Photo: Herbert M. Cole, 1973.

A collection from various sources, among them a fine lele mask, a complete Kuba costume, and more .. See images
This mask 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.
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