Pwoom Mask, Kuba, D.R. Congo.
This is an old Kuba "pwoom itok" mask with an u-shaped face, a bulging forehead and conical protruding eyes. "Pwoom itok" incarnates an old wise man who is consulted by the other dancers.
Condition: blackened wood, cracks, missing parts, traces of wear and use, on metal base.
Literature: Herreman, Frank, Petridis, Constantijn (Hg.), Face of the Spirits, Masks from the Zaire Basin, Tervuren 1993, p. 139.
Height (mask only) 22,7 cm - 8.94 inch.