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Luba Kifwebe Zoomorphic Mask (N° 18548)
This type of African luba mask with rounded structure has similarities to songye masks. However, they did not have the same function. This category of African masks are named 'bifwebe'. They appeared at funerals and investitures. The eastern Lubas had some zoomorphic masks associated with kifwebe dance. 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.
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High on a base: 35 cm.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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