Kuba Mask

Kuba Mask

Wooden mask with burlap type backing which is stuffed and supported with wood. Protruding eyes with carved horns wrapping around eyes. painted designs in orange and white. Pwoom Itok mask- see below
  • Object: Kuba Mask
  • Artist: -
  • Circa: -
  • Dimensions: 13"W x 12"H
  • Culture Area: Democratic Republic of Congo; Africa
  • Cultural Group: Kuba
  • Cultural Context: The pwoom itok mask was part of the Kuba royal circle of masks. It is a simple dance mask. The eyes are surrounded by small holes and the mask is attached to an elaborate headdress consisting of feathers and raffia cloth. The dancer who wears the mask plays a wise, tired old man whom the other dancers come to consult. This example is a type that has horns curving around the eyes.
  • Donor: Barbara & Hiro Narita
  • Catalog #: 114.193