Documentation of Authenticity / Any Available Provenance Will Be Included With This Piece. Wood deterioration, metal corrosion, lost to some attribute, worn areas, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items. The Kuba live in southeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and are part of a large complex of tribes encompassing 18 ethnic groups all dominated by the BuShongo, the ruling group.They grow manioc, corn, millet, beans and groundnuts and hunt extensively. The Kuba are matrilineal so descent is traced through ones mother but they are patrilocal so that children reside with their father. Their political system consists of a king who presides over a council made up of representatives of various kin groups and trade guilds. Under them are various administrative officials. Under colonialism, the kingdom was largely broken up by the late 19th century. Among the many masks of the Kuba people are three that represent the royal founding dynasty. Mwaash aMboy, Bwoom, and Ngaady aMwaash are believed to be depictions of the first king, his wife and his brother.
The Mwaash aMboy mask embodies the original ancestor Woot, the first human and bringer of civilization, who founded the ruling Bushoong dynasty of the Kuba kingdom. Each Kuba king and sub-chief owns an Mwaash aMboy mask and wears it ceremonially to demonstrate his dynastic legitimacy. The king wears this mask during royal ceremonies and at boys initiation rites when he receives homage from the nobility and people of his kingdom.
The mask's rich decoration of cowrie shells, beads, and leopard skin symbolizes its royal status. White fur is attached below the chin of the mask to signify the wisdom that rulers gain from experience. The mask is part of a full body costume, made of blue and white colored beads (blue signifies high rank, white signifies purity), cowrie shells, leopard skins, and the feathers of eagles and parrots to display the king's unique wealth and status. The king's dance is slow and stately, as befits a man full of gravity and wisdom. When kings died, the mask could be placed on a royal effigy to represent him although kings were often buried with their mask.Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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