Mask and costume (bwoom)Artist(s)KubaArtist NationalityKuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style)Object Creation Datecirca 1960Medium & Supportbark cloth, woven raffia, wood, copper, glass beads, kola nuts, kola, animal skinDimensions
23 5/8 in x 10 1/4 in x 11 13/16 in (60.01 cm x 26.04 cm x 30 cm)Credit LineGift of Marc Leo Felix, BrusselsSubject matter
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.Physical Description
A full-body costume and mask depicting a human figure.Primary Object Classification Costume and Costume Accessories Primary Object TypemaskCollection AreaAfricanRights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image
for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.
costume (mode of fashion)