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Tabwa Bush Cow Mask Old Buffalo Congo Africa

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Title Tabwa Bush Cow Mask Old Buffalo Congo Africa
Type of Object Buffalo or Bush Cow Mask
Country of Origin Democratic republic of Congo
People Tabwa
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Early to mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 11 Inches
Width: 22 Inches
Depth: 18 Inches
Overall Condition Poor. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Severe bug damage, repaired ears, Broken horn, wear


Additional Information:   A powerful mask depicting a Buffalo head with massive horns known as a Kiyunde mask among the the Tabwa people of Southeast Democratic Republic of Congo and Northeast Zambia. Carved from a single piece of wood and given a pair of cowrie shells, this mask clearly has some history.  The deep gouges on the nose were carved by bugs, but the extensive bug damage adds character to this wonderful mask.  


Numbering more than 200, 000 the Tabwa were noted as early as the 19th century and today live along Lake Tanganyika. Kiyunde mask portrays a male wild buffalo and appears wearing a costume composed of animal skins and grasses. It dances with a companion mask depicting a female. The Tabwa identify wild buffalo with their strength and behavior with chiefs and their culture heroes. The name buffalo is also given to the circumcised boys. Tacks worked onto the face of the mask in elaborate and attractive scarification patterns and designs represent the Tabwa concept of ‘kulemba’ that reflect aesthetics, social membership and the abstract idea of order upon the chaos of nature.


For more examples and further Information see Constantjin Petridis & Franck Herreman (eds.) FACE OF THE SPIRITs. MASKS FROM THE ZAIRE BASIN


See also Maurer E.M. , A.F. Roberts, TABWA THE RISING OF NEW MOON, 1985