Face Mask (Ngady Mwaash)

A work made of wood, pigment, glass beads, cowrie shells, fabric, and thread.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, glass beads, cowrie shells, fabric, and thread.

Date:

Late 19th/mid–20th century

Artist:

Kuba
Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

The ngady mwaash mask honors the role of women in Kuba life. It portrays a woman but, like other masks in Africa, is performed by a man. The most popular appearance of ngady mwaash is in a pantomime about the kingdom’s creation: ngady mwaash dances together with the mooshamb-wooy mask, representing the king (who is both her brother and her husband), and the bwoom mask [See 1982.1506].

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Kuba

Title

Face Mask (Ngady Mwaash)

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1875–1950

Medium

Wood, pigment, glass beads, cowrie shells, fabric, and thread

Dimensions

31.8 × 20.6 × 20.5 cm (12 1/2 × 8 1/8 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the American Hospital Supply Corp., the Evanston Associates of the Woman's Board in honor of Wilbur Tuggle, Deborah Stokes and Jeffrey Hammer, William E. Hartmann, Charles A. Meyer, D. Daniel Michel, and Claire B. Zeisler; African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1982.1505

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