Tabwa Information

Tribe: Tabwa
Mask Type: Helmet (Tabwha)
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Comments: Shows the elaborate and attractive patterns and designs worked into the skin according to the Tabwa concept of kulemba that reflect aesthetics, social membership, and the abstract idea of order upon the chaos of nature. The mask illustrates the scars necessary for a person to be viewed as a complete adult. These patterns and designs are collectively known as vindala and represents advancement through life and within Tabwa society. Distinctive hairstyles among Tabwa men reflect status or membership in a hunters cult known as buyange, and requires some effort to braid, tie and decorate.
Price: 1200
Material: Wood, cowrie shells
Age: Mid 20th Century
Height (in): 13
Width (in): 11
Depth (in): 11