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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Congolese
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Zaire, Kuba
Title: Headdress (bwoom)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1875
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: Late 19th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 43.3cm x 31.2cm x 28.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1935.304
Credit Line: James Albert Ford Memorial Fund
Provenance: Charles Ratton, Paris (1935)
Style or Period: Africa, Zaire, Kuba
Context: Bwoom headdresses are one of the royal masquerades in the Kuba Kingdom of Zaire. They are regarded as 'friends of the king' in the dual sense that they are actually worn by the ruler and they represent a spirit, or ngesh. Used in festivals and initiations, the dance of bwoom conveys qualities of youthful vigor and pride. According to tradition it began during the reign of King Miko mi Mbul (about 1800-1835).
AMICA ID: CMA_.1935.304
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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