Superb and Rare Kuba Mukenga dancing mask sculpture/statue/figure also called Mukyeem which is made of wood, cloth and raffia and decorated with beaded geometric designs, and cowrie shells , made by the Kuba tribal people and was meant to be worn only by men of the dance society. The Kuba tribe uses over twenty different types of masks. This Kuba bird mask is a non-royal variant of the Mwaash aMbooy type mask and is called a Mukenga dancing mask
This Mukenga are used in ceremonies also worn at the initiation rites to symbolizes 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 mask has no eye holes.
This dancing sculture/statue/figure mask measures approx :
31.5 inches tall by 9 inches wide
This Kuba tribally made artifact is in great tribally used condition with a highly intriguing tribal design and would make a fine addition to any African culture collector's treasure trove