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Luba mask (N° 22504)

Globular in design, this Luba-type mask named kifwebe (pl. bifwebe) was used at funerals and investitures.
Highlighting the spherical volumes, wide bands of contrasting hues frame slightly asymmetrical features. Losses and abrasions.
They occurred during the ritual ceremonies of the kazanzi society, responsible for combating witchcraft. "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would also mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "chasing away death". Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was generally danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. Among the Luba, white is synonymous with a relationship with the spiritual world, through the evocation of the moon, which is evoked by the circular shape of the object. Matt patina.

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm20
Depth9 cm
Width20 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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