Horned Kuba Helmet Mask. Wood & Paint. Bwoom. DRC. Congo. Africa
This was quite a find.
One of the three known royal masks, the helmet Bwoom is one of the oldest mask types used by the Kuba. These were introduced in the 17th Century by King Miko mi-Mbul.
Most often used in funerals, they are also used in ceremonies where specific characters (tribal members, leaders, politicians) are represented.
This mask has some of the typical features of the Bwoom…. strong facial features, rows of holes along the edges for the attachment of raffia material and/or glass beads, shells or copper plates.
The holes in the cheeks allow the wearer to see.
What makes this a rare and extraordinary find are the horns. These are carved from wood and attached with twine and mesh. I have read about these horned Bwooms but I have never located a photo.
Surely a mask of royality. For the Serious Collector.