Another from my collection of African tribal art

A Kuba Bwoom helmet mask from Democratic Republic of Congo. Thanks To Tim Sugden for the photography.

Some people love the colorful, “evergreen”, types like these. I prefer those that have lost their color. Color in the old days wasn’t paint but rather some natural pigment, and the result is that by now, that pigment is mostly gone.

“Kuba mythology revolves around three figures, each represented by a masquerade character: Woot, the creator and founder of the ruling dynasty; Woot’s spouse; and Bwoom. Bwoom’s specific identity varies according to different versions of the myth. He may represent the king’s younger brother, a person of Twa descent, or a commoner. Embodying a subversive force within the royal court, the Bwoom masquerade is often performed in conflict with the masked figure representing Woot.”

Here’s another prominent piece from my collection

A very rare Tetela mask from Democratic Republic of Congo. Yesterday, I posted a statue from the same tribe. Both are not similar to anything else that I’ve seen. The provenance is terrific: Jean Paul Agogue of Paris. This is worth a lot of money…but if you want to dip your toes into African tribal art, you’re welcome to visit my warehouse in Eagle Creek, Oregon and/or www.discoverafricanart.com for very reasonable prices. We also are adding outposts around the Portland area.

Another fave from my collection, a superb antique ceremonial mask from the Krahn people of Ivory Coast.

“The Krahn are an ethnic group of Liberia and Ivory Coast. This group belongs to the Kru language family and its people are sometimes referred to as the Wee, Guéré, Sapo, or Wobe. It is likely that Western contact with the Kru language is the primary reason for the development of these different names.”*Wikipedia

Another piece of my absurdly large collection of African art.

This one is a Senufo Kpeli made of copper alloy, which is far less common than those carved in wood.

“The Senufo people, also known as Siena, Senefo, Sene, Senoufo, and Syénambélé, are a West African ethnolinguistic group. They consist of diverse subgroups living in a region spanning the northern Ivory Coast, the southeastern Mali and the western Burkina Faso.”

Here is another favorite from my collection of African art

a Kuba Bwoom mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have many of these that aren’t as old as this one. It was collected in 1970 and was already old at that time. Here’s a bit of the story of this work of art:

“Kuba mythology revolves around three figures, each represented by a masquerade character: Woot, the creator and founder of the ruling dynasty; Woot’s spouse; and Bwoom. Bwoom’s specific identity varies according to different versions of the myth. He may represent the king’s younger brother, a person of Twa descent, or a commoner. Embodying a subversive force within the royal court, the Bwoom masquerade is often performed in conflict with the masked figure representing Woot.”

To see a lot more of my collection, visit “Dave Dahl Collection” on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/davedahlcollection

Throwback: Dave Dahl’s new passion: Art for Africa’s sake

Check out this Portland Business Journal article from November 2018 featuring my African art collection.

“The breadmaker, renowned for his public and private life, wants to bring African art to the masses.”

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/11/20/dave-dahls-new-passion-art-for-africas-sake-photos.html

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