painted wood and raffia
Native Arts acquisition funds
Baga artist. Kumbaruba mask. mid 1900s. painted wood and raffia. Native Arts acquisition funds. 1971.665.
Dimensionsheight: 63.5 in, 161.2900 cm; width: 14.25 in, 36.1950 cm; depth: 11 in, 27.9400 cm
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.
Known ProvenanceBaba Kaba, before 1971; Denver Art Museum via Marion Hendrie Fund, 1971.
- “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017