Collection Highlight: Kuba Masks, African Collection

Three African masks

Kuba Mask Trilogy

 

This trilogy of Kuba masks are used in a ceremonial dance that tells the story of two brothers, fighting for a throne and for the love of one woman. Interested in hearing more about this love triangle/political intrigue? Check out our newest Audio Stop: Kuba Masks.

 

These masks are currently on exhibition in the Africa:Arts of a Continent exhibition through September 4, 2011.

 

Image credit:

Bwoom Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba kingdom, 20th century,  Wood, beads, raffia and copper , Partial gift of Owen D. Mort, Jr. to the Owen D. Mort, Jr. Collection of African Art with additional funds from the George S. and Dorlores Doré Eccles Foundation,
1985.053.004

Ngaady aMwaash Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba kingdom, 20th century, Wood, raffia fabric, cowrie shells, beads, remnants of animal fur, and pigment,Purchased with funds from the Emma Eccles Jones Fund, 2006.31.1

Mukyeem Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuba kingdom, Ngeende group, 20th century, Wool cloth, cotton cloth, raffia fiber, leopard skin, beads, and cowrie shells, Partial gift of Owen D. Mort, Jr. to the Owen D. Mort, Jr. Collection of African Art with additional funds from the George S. and Dorlores Doré Eccles Foundation, 1985.052.815

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