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Luba Mask (N° 18510)

This type of african polychrome luba mask, with a rounded structure, often 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 nasal appendix joining the mouth serves here as a handle. Dark satin patina, colorful highlights.
They occurred during the ritual ceremonies of the kazanzi society, which is responsible for combating 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 globular eyelids are hollowed out, like the nostrils and mouth. Parallel stripes are engraved on the surface, usually coated with white clay. Patine mate.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height34
Width29
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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