A fabulous Carved Wood Helmet Mask with Cowrie Shells and Bead Work from the Congo. Kuba mythology revolves around three figures, each represented by a masquerade character: Woot, the creator and founder of the ruling dynasty; Woot’s spouse; and Bwoom. Bwoom’s specific identity varies according to different versions of the myth. He may represent the king’s younger brother, a person of Twa descent, or a commoner. Embodying a subversive force within the royal court, the Bwoom masquerade is often performed in conflict with the masked figure representing Woot.
Late 20th Century
Small Repair Right Front Otherwise Very Good Shape
10 Inches Tall
14 Inches Tall on Stand
7.5 Inches Deep
4 Inches Wide Side Flap Top
3 Inches Wide Side Flab Bottom
7 Inches Wide Top
4.5 Inches Wide Bottom
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