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Mukenga masks like this one are worn at funerals of influential, titled men in the northern part of the Kuba kingdom. The mask's form and materials combine symbols associated with status and leadership. Its surface is comprised of raffia cloth upon which glass beads, cowrie shells, raffia fibers, and in this case a metal sheet are attached. The carefully arranged cowrie shells, once prized as currency, signal wealth and status. The beard-like grass ruff refers to powers of the forest. A prominent trunk projecting upward and over the front of the mask represents the elephant, the supreme symbol of leadership. A metal display stand can be included for an additional $30.00


A few shells missing and a few loose beads, overall Good condition.

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A Fine Kuba Mukenga Elephant Mask

Estimate $300 - $500Nov 18, 2017