African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye Mask

Songye Kifwebe Mask (N° 19749)

The term Kifwebe refers to the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the male secret society bwadi bwa kifwebe that ensured social control. There are three variants: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). Velvety matt patina, abraded. Height on base: 32 cm
. These African masks have holes around their edges so that for the most important ceremonies, a costume can be attached, including a voluminous beard made of natural fibers. The white stripes symbolize the feathers and the link with death. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and in Kasai. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features that are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magical charge. Very present in their society, divination was used to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of misfortunes that struck individuals. The masked performances of the male masks were an opportunity to carry out punitive expeditions and to maintain social order. The female masks, supposedly endowed with divinatory powers, activated benevolent spirits through their dances.  

Watch the video

 


This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost





Originex-collection monégasque
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height29
Width14
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

You could also be interested by these items
Masque GuroMasque PendeMasque GbandiMasque ChokweMasque Punu

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts


You have question on this item ? contact us


Previously viewed items
African art - Songye Kifwebe Mask
African art  -  Brussels - Paris - London

© 2021 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A, rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100