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Luba (N° 18158)

Taking the characteristics of the shields of the kifwebe company, this miniature sculpture adorned the square of its holder. The mask of the Luba appears in high relief. This category of rather rare African masks are named 'bifwebe'. They appeared at funerals and investitures. 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. Parallel stripes streak the surface, they were usually coated with white clay. Abraded satin patina, kaolin residue. br  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height25
Width9
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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