Philip Keith

'Pwoom Itok' Mask

Kuba,

Democratic Republic of Congo

27 x 36 x 30cm

DESCRIPTION

The tri-lobed coiffure carved beneath an elaborate woven geometric cut-pile raffia headpiece with side flanges. Striking protuberant conical eyes, with pierced perimeters for sight above a large angular nose and diminutive smiling mouth, all painted overall with brown and white geometric and dotted patterns.

Pwoom itok represents a wise old man and is performed at initiations and burials to signify elders’ knowledge. The mask wears the U-shaped raffia headdress of a high-ranking male warrior. Originally it may have been crested with a bunch of speckled bird feathers, instead there is a little domed raffia cap of a titled male called laket.

CONDITION

excellent

Provenance

DATE

20th C.

Dimensions

27 x 36 x 30cm

PRICE

GBP £

1900

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