Pendant in the form of a mask
- Label Text
- Kuba nobility are recognized for the variety of elaborate beaded and shell decorations worn during court ceremonial occasions. The hand of a Kuba master craftsman is evident in the carefully selected and matched size glass beads.
- This small pendant recalls one of the Kuba royal masks, the Mbwoom. Identified by its prominent forehead, the mask represents the original ancestral landowners of the Kuba kingdom.
- Polychrome glass bead pendant in the form of a human face or a helmet mask.
- Marc Leo Felix, field collected, -- to 1984
- Harold Gray, 1984 to 2015
- Exhibition History
- African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2013–August 12, 2019 (installed April 6, 2016–July 8, 2019)
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Kuba artist
- ca. 1939-1945
- Credit Line
- Gift of Harold Gray
- Glass beads, fiber, cotton
- H x W x D: 13.5 × 7 × 6.5 cm (5 5/16 × 2 3/4 × 2 9/16 in.)
- Textile and Fiber Arts