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Songye Mask (N° 27767)

Belgian collection of African art. Ceremonial African mask kifwebe. The term Kifwebe designates the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the male secret society bwadi bwa kifwebe which ensured social control. Chipped matte patina, erosions and cracks.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and Kasai. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the neighboring Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes which struck individuals. The masked performances of male masks provided an opportunity to carry out punitive expeditions and maintain social order. The female masks, supposed to be equipped with divinatory faculties, activated the benevolent spirits with their dances.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm48
Width20 cm
Weight1.70 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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