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Luba Kifwebe Mask (N° 17264)

Semi-spherical, engraved with large circular motifs, this African mask has similarities to the Songye masks. However, it 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. " Bifwebe (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, 'chasing 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 edges have holes.
Patine mate.
Hightop on a pedestal: 36 cm.  

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OriginCollection hollandaise
EthnyLuba
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height cm19
Width18 cm
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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