PLEASE NOTE: Antique masks will typically have aging signs, fading in wood, minor chips/crack lines.
HISTORY BEHIND OUR MASKS
Paulski Art strives to deliver collectible and authentic African masks from regions across the African continent. We examine our pieces thoroughly and do our best to photograph each section of a mask so a buyer/collector can have a full understanding of what they’re purchasing without any surprises. That is our promise!
Dimensions: 20” x 15” x 24” Tall
Materials: Woven plant fibers, glass beads, Cowrie shells, Nose and mouth of wood
Tribal Background: Kuba Tribal Mask
Age: Second Half 20th Century
The Kuba live in the Lower Kasai region of central Zaire/Congo in a rich environment of dense forest and savanna. Kuba arts primarily address status, prestige, and the court; they are manifestations of social and political hierarchy. Mukenga mask, representing an elephant, is characterized by a beaded trunk/Cowrie shells and two small tusks protruding from the base of the trunk. As in other African kingdoms, such as the Ashante and those of the Cameroon grassfields, elephants are associated with royal power. According to the Kuba proverb, "an animal, even if it is large, does not surpass the elephant.
Please note these are traditional/old masks. Imperfections are to be expected such as dings, broken cowrie shells and minor cracks. We do our best to showcase the mask using as many photos as possible. Mask is in excellent condition.
HOW TO HANG/DISPLAY MASK
Most African masks require the use of a "Metal V Display Stand". These are great for holding African masks if your intention is to display this on a table top, window bay etc. These are easily available online including here on Etsy. Please note we do not supply these.
SHIPPING AND RETURNS
We require 3-5 days to process and package each order carefully. All shipping will be made via FedEx Ground. Our return policy is strictly 14 days from the time you receive your order and confirmed as delivered. All returns are paid by the customer regardless of reason/cause. All returns must be in their original shipped condition.
If you have issues or problems with your order, we ask that you contact us directly to see if we can assist you in anyway or replace an order. Your satisfaction is our highest priority.