Kuba Mukenga (Moshambwooy) African Helmet Congo DRC Tribal used
Kuba - Mukenga Helmet - Congo DRC. Mukenga mask's are worn at funerals of influential, titled men in the north part of the Kuba kingdom. The mask's form and materials combine symbols associated with status and leadership. The prominent truck projecting upward and over the front of the mask represents the elephant, supreme symbol of leadership. During the funerals of the titled aristocrats, a member of the men's initiation society may dance wearing the Mukenga mask and an elaborate costume that includes many layers of woven raffia skirts and cowrie and bead laden - belts, gloves etc.
The deceased is laid out in identical attire, underscoring the association between the spirit, which is manifested through the performance of the mask, and the realm of the ancestors. Dimensions : 54 cm Height X 46 cm Width X 54 Depth. The item "Kuba Mukenga (Moshambwooy) African Helmet Congo DRC Tribal used" is in sale since Thursday, June 25, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Masks". The seller is "kaylooartgallery" and is located in Johannesburg. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Tribe: Kuba
- Maker: Kuba People
- Material: Wood, Raffia, Cowry, Shells, Beads