Your query made me scratch my head trying to recall where I had seen a beaded Tabwa mask. Went through several books, and I finally I remembered. It's in Remnants of Ritual (which I don't have), also available online with some text here.http://www.remnants ofritual. com/gallery/ 0106.html
On the other hand, in Maurer's 1985 seminal book Tabwa: The Rising of the New Moon, there were only the usual helmet masks and buffalo masks in the catalogue. But on page 35, there is a picture of Bulumbu possession cult adept's beaded headdress with feathers. As the description says, it's more like a headband rather than a mask. I will post a picture in your folder, if you'd like to see it.
Good luck with your search, Paisarn
PS At the end of Maurer's book! , there's the following paragraph. "Additional information and reports on new objects are welcome and should be sent to: Tabwa archive, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, ...[address] " Does anyone know if the archive is still active? Do they an have email address?
congabongoman <congabongoman@ yahoo.com> wrote:
I'm considering purchasing two nice masks from a friend of mine. The
first is a Kuba mask of medium relative age that he says is
completely authentic and was acquired from an antique dealer in
Kisangani. The second is an unusual beaded and feathered textile
mask from the Tabwa that is used by the village healer for protection
when making magical substances.
I've posted photos in an album called "Kuba and Tabwa masks" and
wanted to ask the group for any feedback on either--particularl y the
Tabwa mask. Is anyone familiar with this mask form or others made of
beaded textiles? Since I'll get a good "friend price" and I like the
aethetics of both, I'll likely make an offer to purchase them and I'm
not overly concerned about the tricky issue of definitive
authentication, but I thought I'd ask for any comments/feeback from
the group before making a decision. Thanks, and
Link to the photos:http://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ browse/14b9? b=1&m=t
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