Kuba pwoom itok mask, DRC
10.5" tall x 8" wide
wood, pigment
early to mid 20th century, definite signs of age and use.
ex private collection, US
exhibited in "DIVERGENCE - A Journey of 2 Cultures"
*This mask is sold with a custom display mount which is
not shown in the photos.


The pwoom itok mask was part of the Kuba royal circle of
masks. It is a simple dance mask, in most cases the
eyes are surrounded by small holes and the mask would
have originally been attached to a more elaborate
headdress consisting of feathers and raffia cloth.  The
dancer who wears the mask plays a wise, tired old man
whom the other dancers come to consult.
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