Kuba Pwoom Itok mask


African Kuba art 

African monoxyl mask with protruding eyes underlined by polychrome pigment residues. Pwoom Itok masks come from the majority group of the Kuba kingdom, the Bushoong. This traditional mask embodies the wise old man whom the dancers come to consult.

This mask may have represented a wise older man at boys’ initiations. One of the principal Kuba dance masks is called pwoom itok. The chief identifying characteristic is the shape of the eyes, whose centers are cones surrounded by holes through which the wearer sees. Like many Kuba types of masks, pwoom itok is extensively polychromed, or multicolored. 

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Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
24 cm
Ethnic group
Kuba / Bakuba
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium
Very good

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