About this object

This beautifully painted and ornamented mask represents Ngady aMwaash aMbooy, the female ancestor whose incestuous marriage to her brother Woot gave rise to human beings in Kuba mythology. Masks of this type perform at funerals and initiation rites held under royal patronage and link royal authority with ancestral origins. This mask was probably made for sale, because the Kuba king’s own masks would have been kept under guard in the royal palace.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask
  • Culture
    Kuba
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Bead; Pigment; Wood; Shell; Textile
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Gallery Menist, 1966
  • Collector
    Gallery Menist
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    400 mm x 220 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: 1. Bakuba mask. Gallery Menist, 1 Hartenstraat, Amsterdam C, Netherlands. Purchase. Gallery label: This type of mask represents Ngady aMwaash aMbooy, the mythical female ancestor whose incestuous marriage to her brother Woot gave rise to human beings. It performs at funerals and initiation rites held under royal patronage and links royal authority with ancestral origins.
  • Related people
    Gallery Menist ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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