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Luba Kifwebe Mask (N° 18468)

According to some authors, round streak masks are an ancient form of the Luba kifwebe, such as this more recent copy, whose design is similar to the songye kifwebe. According to Julien Volper, however, the two types existed together from the beginning of the 20th century in the Katompe region. Painted in contrasting colours, it has some erosion on the contours. 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'.
Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means the Lubas). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala who killed the old king Kongolo, who has since been revered as a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in a decentralized chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without a real border that includes no more than three villages.
Ref.: Luba Roberts Luba F. Neyt, ed. Dapper Museum; Around Songye J. Volper)  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height36
Width21
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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