Kuba Ngady-a-Mwaash Mask
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Kuba Ngady-a-Mwaash Mask

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ITEM #:
2689
ETHNIC GROUP:
Kuba
REGION OF ORIGIN:
Democratic Republic of Congo
MATERIAL:
Wood, pigment, grass, cloth, cowrie shell, beads.
SIZE:
14" (35.6 cm)
CONDITION:
Good.
CIRCA:
Estimated early to mid 1900's.
NOTE:
Display stand not included.




PROVENANCE:
Private Estate Collection - California, USA.



CATALOGUE NOTE:
The Kuba ngady a mwash (one of the three royal masks) mask portrays Woot's sister and his wife and is the female ancestor and essence of womanhood. 

Ngady a Mwash is a carved face mask with narrow slit eyes that allow the wearer to see. A wig of raffia cloth and cowries is topped by a cap form. A strip of beadwork covers her nose and descends over her mouth. Her face is covered with bold geometric patterns. Diagonal lines below Ngady a Mwash's eyes symbolize tears and refer to hardships of women. 

In the mime acted out, ngady a mwash is fought over by the royal mwashamboy and the commoner bwoom The name ngady a mwash means "pawn woman of mash". She is a pawn in the sense that she is used by her lord to attract followers granting access to her favors.