REGION: Africa
COUNTRY: Democratic Republic of Congo (Belgian Congo)
VALUE: 8 francs

This stamp was issued by the Belgian colonial government in Congo in 1948. It depicts the mwashamboy or ngadia mwash mask of the Kuba people. The mask represents the original queen of the Kuba Kingdom and is one of three royal masks used in an historical dance drama, along with masks of the king and the king’s brother.