Lot 206: A Kuba Bwoom helmet mask

People: Kuba- Bushoong
DR Congo
H: 13" (excl. attachments)
Of classical form, the mask with copper sheeting applied to the entire face with beaded decorations in a characteristic trident form, as well as around the eyes, nose and encircling the mouth. Cowrie shells applied to the sides with beaded panel to reverse. Well worn and patinated. On a custom base.

Collected in Congo prior to 1970 by Lawson Mooney, former Director of Catholic Aid Agencies; Dr. Kenneth Adelman, former US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, and one time member of USAID, Zaire, c. 1975; A NY Private collection.


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