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Kuba Mukenga Mask

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Item Mboy
15.00 LBS
Maximum Purchase:
1 unit(s)

Product Description


This unusual helmet style mask was created in the Congo by the Kuba people. This is a male mask worn only by male members of the Kuba secret society. This Kuba elephant mask is a non-royal variant of the Mwaash aMbooy type mask and is called a Mukenga mask and represents an elephant with a very emphasized beaded trunk. This Mukenga helmet mask head piece is worn for ceremonies with a full body dance costume that is traditionally worn and danced at funeral ceremonies for great Kuba men. The Mukenga is also worn during initiation rites, symbolizing the supernatural being called Woot, who named the animals and other things of creation. Woot was believed to be the first human and the bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the "Children of Woot". A man of high status in the dance society would perform ancient traditional dance steps while wearing this mask. The dancer would have sighted attendants as guardians because the Mukenga has no eye holes. 

Intense Kuba beaded patterns, cowrie shell work, wooden, fabric and raffia detailing were combined to fashion this large tribal mask that is an important part of Kuba tradition.

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Dimensions: 20 inches tall x 17 inches wide x 17 inches deep. The raffia is included in these measurements.

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