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Large Songye Kifwebe Mask (N° 18371)

This mask with imprecative function, streaked with broad contrasting bands, and whose naso-frontal ridge continues in high summit ridge, would be masculine. To the different areas of these masks (including the beard, the suit and the body of the wearer) is attached a particular symbolism: the mouth for example would embody the beak of a bird and the fire of the sorcerer.
High on a base: 70 cm.
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This types of African art mask ' Kifwebe (or songy mask) are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest crest or absent, and finally the greater embodying power (kia ndoshi). The songye sculptor had a high status within the society bwadi and also produced various objects of pageantry, but also of daily use, cuts, mortars, canes, etc. Also practiced by the Luba, the cult bwadi bwa kifwebe ('mask' in songye) acted as a secret police in favor of power, so as to control individuals through magic. Wearing a suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, Kifwebe masks also appeared during crucial stages of the initiation ceremonies to the new moon. The novice had to pass between the legs of the masked initiator of the male kifwebe. A coded language used by society was then taught to him. Each of the lodges of the kifwebe could possess no more than seven masks, symbolic number of Songye.
Insiders, Congo Basin Ed. Dapper Museum; African Art Ed. Mazenod.  

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Originex-collection Ghisolfi
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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