Kuba Female Mask

Ngaady a Mwaash
Type: mask
Exhibits: Cycle of Life
Tribes: Bushoong group, Kuba peoples
Location: Kasai-Sankuru Rivers, The Democratic Republic of Congo
Period: 20th Century
Materials: Beads, Cowrie Shells, Pigment, Vegetal Fibers, Wood

The Bushoong dynasty, of the Kuba-related people, developed a masking tradition to function in leadership context. The three principal royal masks include: Mashambooy, Ngaady a Mwaash and Bwoon, which together define the total political structure with its roles and its status (Vansina 1968:22).The three masks may dance separately at royal initiation and funeral ceremonies, or perform together when portraying the dynastic myth of Woot the legendry founding of Kuba nation (Cornet 1982:256).

Kuba Female Mask
Kuba Female Mask
Kuba Female Mask
Kuba Female Mask