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Luba mask (N° 21826)

Reduced mask, semi-spherical, which has similarities to the Songye masks. However, it did not perform the same function. This category of rather rare African masks are called "bifwebe". They appeared at funerals and investitures.
They performed during the ritual ceremonies of the kazanzi society, responsible for the fight against witchcraft. "Bifwebe" (Sing.: Kifwebe) would also mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "to chase death". Worn with a voluminous raffia ruff that concealed the dancer, this mask was generally danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. Among the Luba, white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world, by the evocation of the moon evoked by the circular shape of the object. Matte patina.

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm15
Width16 cm
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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