Stunning Bakuba Mask. Kuba. Carved Wood. D.R. Congo. Africa.
The Kuba Kingdom was a conglomerate of several smaller Bushongo-speaking principalities as well as the Kete, Coofa, Mbeengi and the Twa Pygmies. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the King (nyim).
This ornately carved mask combines human and animal forms to communicate ideals of refinement and power. Elegant facial features are obvious. The Kuba believe in shaving below the hairline to expose the forehead . . . thought to enhance cultural refinement and expose the wonders of wisdom and insight.
I think the headdress is actually a carving of flat horns of a ram . . . a dominant and aggressive animals that does not tolerate rivals. Very symbolic.
This is a superb specimen in near-perfect condition.
A rare find for the Serious Collector. Stand not included.
The item has been SOLD. Thanks, J.S. !!