MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Helmet Dance Mask
Object Name:
Mask, Ritual
Other Name:
Mask, Dance, Helmet
Place of Origin:
Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 23"
W = 10"
D = 11"

The Bwoom mask is one of the oldest mask types used by the Kuba peoples. It is associated with the common, non—aristocratic man. It plays a rebellious role in the Kuba creation story, and the wearer of the mask conveys pride and agression through his dance movements.

Kete people — Southern border of the Kuba kingdom.

"They carve figures associated with initations and helmet masks, similar to the Bushoong Bwoon masks, with large conical eyes."

Also noted on appraisal: Bushoong Bwoon mask. Kete (Ngita). — ?
Helmet dance mask with elongated face, broad jaw and chin, crescent—shaped protruding mouth. Broad nose with flared nostrils, large half—moon pierced bulgy eyes. Brown heavy forehead, three—sectioned black headdress, crescent—shaped ears, well back on helmet.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Patina and Cord
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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