Kumbaruba mask

mid 1900s

Object

Culture

Locale

Country

Object Info

Object: mask
Currently on view
Object ID: 1971.665

Medium/Technique

painted wood and raffia

Credit

Native Arts acquisition fund

More Info

Dimensions

height: 63.5 in, 161.2900 cm; width: 14.25 in, 36.1950 cm; depth: 11 in, 27.9400 cm

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Native Arts-African

Known Provenance

Baba Kaba, before 1971; Denver Art Museum via Marion Hendrie Fund, 1971.

Extended Info

To portray the bush spirit Kumbaruba (also known as Banda), the artist emphasizes the spirit’s most recognizable human and animal features—the facial scars and braided hairstyle of a Baga woman, the jaws of a crocodile, the horns of an antelope, the body of a serpent, and the tail of a chameleon. These symbols are meant to provide protection during times of uncertainty or vulnerability.

Exhibition History

  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017