A full-body costume and mask depicting a human figure.
This costume and mask depcits bwoom, a character from the trio of royal Kuba masks. Bwoom represents a number of impediments to the Kuba founding king: the king's younger brother, commoners, or a magical trickster/pygmy. Bwoom represents the autochthonous, pre-dynastic political powers that the king overcomes.
Mask of a human figure. Embellished with presitious materials: dyed cloth, leopard skin, cowry shells, glass beads.
This mask depicts the founding Kuba king. Through masquerade, the current Kuba king reenacts the founding of the kingdom, defeating all obstacles in his way. The king links his own reign to the ancestral kings, legitimizing his own rule.