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Kuba people

The term Kuba refers to a group of closely related peoples with rich art traditions. They have over twenty different mask types. Kuba masks are often decorated with geometric patterns, cowrie shells and beads. They are considered to embody a spirit and are used during initiations, funerals and to entertain. Their use represents the founding of royal lineage and other historical events.

(Papa Diop [1948-2012], Los Angeles, CA) sold on November 23, 1977 to Harrison Eiteljorg [1903-1997] of Indianapolis; donated to the IMA 1989

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Kuba people
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wood, pigment, cloth, fiber, cowrie shells
H: 10 3/4 in.
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
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