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Bwoom Mask - JL.14
Origin: Congo
Circa: 1800 CE to 1950 CE
Dimensions: 32" (81.3cm) high x 16" (40.6cm) wide x 20" (50.8cm) depth

Location: Great Britain
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Kuba masks have traditionally been used in the context of teaching history and cultural values through performance, thus contributing to the forming of identity and the maintenance of the social order. The bwoom is one of three generic types of royal Kuba masks. Although less elaborate than the other two types, the bwoom mask expresses its power through scale and dramatic sculptural form. These masks reflect the spiritual life of the Kuba people and the Bwoom mask is meant to represent the common people. This particularly striking example is especially unique due to the volume of cowrie shell and beads which ornament the masks. - (JL.14)


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