Title: Male Royal Ancestor Mask (Mbwoom)
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00083074/00001
 Material Information
Title: Male Royal Ancestor Mask (Mbwoom)
Physical Description: Wood, copper, raffia, beads, cowries
Creator: Kuba People
Donor: McGalliard, Rod ( donor )
Publication Date: 1939
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Democratic Republic of Congo
Abstract: Kuba masquerade groups who perform in the presence of royalty include a triad representing the mythical founders of Kuba culture. The triad includes a male figure, Bwoom, who has an enlarged forehead and is sometimes identified as a member of a neighboring group. The elaborate beading on the mask, with imported cowries and glass beads, signifies wealth and prestige befitting a royal personage. The intricate and extensive patterning seen in the beaded portions are considered to be a sign of civilized individuals. The coral and blue beaded knot pattern on the back of the head is used frequently to mark royal status, and is also rendered in textiles and architecture.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083074
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 2004.37.5


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