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Royal Ancestor Figure (120 cm) - Beads, Cauris, Cloth, Wood - Bushoong Bwoom - KUBA - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Royal Ancestor Figure (120 cm) – Beads, Cauris, Cloth, Wood – Bushoong Bwoom – KUBA – DR Congo


Object:Royal Ancestor Figure
Ethnic group / culture:Bushoong Bwoom, Kuba
Region/ country:DR Congo
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:120×36×35 cm
Weight:6800 g

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Marvelous Bushoong Bwoom Royal ancestor figure.
Materials: wood richly decorated with clothing, cauri shells and beads.

Bwoom’s specific identity varies according to different versions of the myth. He may represent the king’s younger brother, a person of Twa descent, or a commoner. Embodying a subversive force within the royal court, the Bwoom masquerade is performed in conflict with the mask representing Woot.

Great tribal piece in good condition with traces of tribale use.

Figures of the Prince Bwoom served – analogous to the royal figures ndop – as memorial figures of the Cuba Kingdom and were placed at the council meetings as representatives of the old kings.
The figurative representation of Prince Bwoom is highly regarded and is considered a special lucky charm, so figures are rarely sold.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Due to the size of the item, please contact first before order. Higher shipping costs may apply.