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Congo Kuba Helmet Mask On Stand

This mask is one of the three Kuba royal masks known as a female mask: Ngaady Mwaash the female ancestor and essence of womanhood.. Black triangles represent the black stones of the hearth and domesticity and recall the dark and light bark cloth associated with ancestry clothing and still worn during periods of mourning; possibly a conscious device to indicate the ideas of suffering and mourning and to allude to ancestral ties. Diagonal lines below her eyes symbolize tears and refer to the hardships of women.

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Antique 18th century wood helmet mask from the Kuba tribe of the central Congo. Painted wood face decorated with beads. Woven raffia headdress features cowrie shells and bead details. Mounted on a reclaimed iron stand. This vintage product is in fair "as-found" condition.

Country of Origin: CD
Material: Wood, Cowrie Shells, Woven Raffia
Care: Wipe clean with a dry cloth.
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