Lot 826
Online Only: Provenance: Galerie Delta, The Heritage of a Passionate Collector
A mask

Decorated with cowry shells, fibres, hide and made out of carved wood. The Bwoom is one of the oldest mask types used by the Kuba who live in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is said to have been introduced in the seventeenth century. The masqueraders appear on numerous ceremonial occasions, embodying different characters depending on the context. At boys’ initiations, Bwoom represents the nature spirit Ngeesh. As part of three types of royal masks, he personifies an opposition, recalcitrant character who struggles with his brother Woot for power and for possession of his wife and sister, Ngaady a Mwaash. In his role as an insurgent who challenges the throne and its system, Bwoom is moreover associated with non-aristocratic, common man. The rebellious aspect of the Bwoom masquerader is expressed in a proud and aggressive style of dancing. According to one of the various legends surrounding the origin of the Bwoom, the bulging forehead and form of the mask imitate the heads of pigmies.

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Hamerprijs: € 200