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Kuba Mask Helmet - Congo African Art

$1,000.00

An elaborate, handwoven Kuba Helmet mask.  The hat is heavily embroidered with cowrie shells and glass trade beads in colorful patterns. The composition of the cowrie shells follows the BaKuba favored style of decorative art.

Kuba hats are worn by the Kings, his dignitaries, and by titled women. These headdresses are insignia of status and social rank.They also intend to demonstrate royal health and power. Within Kuba culture, cowrie shells and beads are associated to the wealth and power of the kingship.

12" wide x 15" tall

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