Kuba Bwoom mask from the DRC

Q:  I recently became interested in collecting African masks and have brought few books on the subject. Unfortunately, I’m still pretty lost on dating and evaluating them. I saw a few masks at an estate sale and am wondering if you can give me some guidance. Thanks!  David, 1367

A:  This is a Bwoom mask from the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The Kuba are a large group of different tribes and their masks come in many different styles. The Bwoom is usually a helmet masks with much bead work. This one is low in beads and color, but is well designed and crafted.  B-

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