Costume (bwoom)

Costume of a human figure.
Artist Unknown, African, Congo (Zaire), Kuba
c. 1960
This costume and mask depcits bwoom, a character from the trio of royal Kuba masks. Bwoom represents a number of impediments to the Kuba founding king: the king's younger brother, commoners, or a magical trickster/pygmy. Bwoom represents the autochthonous, pre-dynastic political powers that the king overcomes.
Gift of Marc Leo Felix, Brussels
Saturday, May 21, 2022