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Luba Kifwebe Mask (N° 16898)

However, this rounded mask with similarities to the Songye masks did not have the same function. This category of rather rare African masks are named "bifwebe". They appeared at funerals and investitures. They performed during the ritual ceremonies of the society kazanzi , charged with fighting witchcraft. According to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "ching death". Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. In 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. The globular eyelids are hollowed out, like the nostrils and mouth. Parallel stripes are engraved on the surface, usually coated with white clay. Patine mate. br  

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Originex-collection monégasque
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height22
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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