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Mask (Bwoom)

Artist/Maker: Shama Woto (Bushoong people, Kuba Kingdom, dates unknown)

Date: 1950s
Medium: wood, copper alloy, raffia, glass beads, cowrie shells, seed pods, tin and encrustation
Overall: 26 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 15 1/4 in. (66.7 x 34.3 x 38.7 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Gift of Charles Jones African Art in honor of Dr. Marcilene Wittmer
Object number: 2005.8
DescriptionBwoom represents a primeval antagonist of the Kuba king, possibly modeled on the indigenous Pygmy people, who challenged the rule of Moshambwooy. This mask is from the royal reserve of Kum Kwete Lapongo Alexander of the Bulangu Tshimbulu villages.
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