Vintage African Nagady Kuba Mask with Cowrie Shells


Fabulous Ngady a Mwaash mask from the Congo. In wonderful vintage condition.

  • Height: 11 inches
  • Width: 6 inches
  • Height: 8 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound

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This Ngady a Mwaash mask is from the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo which was formerly Zaire. It is made of grass cloth, glass beads, cowrie shells, wood, paint and hide. The mask honors the role of women in the Kuba life and although the mask is of a woman, the role is performed by a man. The diagonal stripes under the eyes represent tears of hardship of women and the cowrie shells, since they are a form of currency in sub-Saharan Africa, symbolize wealth and status. This is a wonderful piece and is in great vintage condition. Stand is not included.



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1stdibs – 06/08/2016

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