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Kuba Wooden Pwoom Itok Mask - PF.4992
Origin: Southeastern Congo
Circa: 1900 AD to 1930 AD
Dimensions: 9.5" (24.1cm) high
Collection: African
Medium: Wood

Additional Information: AF10
Location: United States
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Carved in high relief the features of this mask seem to explode from the wood's surface. Conical shapes predominate with a pointed forehead, large sharp nose and rocket-shaped eyes surrounded by tiny holes. In contrast to these dramatic facial extensions the mouth is in low relief, highly abstract and very graceful. On the upper portion is a sort of headband with two triangular extensions pointed at an angle towards the eyes. Holes along the upper rim may have been used to tie on a feathered headdress. The meaning behind the conical eyes is unknown, though the mask itself undoubtedly took part in ritual dances at funerals, initiations or entertainment festivals. Pwoom Itoks represent a unique genre of masks that are very exciting, very expressive and whose origins are still a mystery. - (PF.4992)


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