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Songye Kifwebe mask
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The tribal masks of the Songye .
African mask of the Songye ethnic group, in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Featuring a high sagittal crest, this mask, here of reduced size, is considered masculine, in contrast to the feminine one highlighted by a ridge. The prominent features give it a powerful character. Matt patina, abrasions.
Three variants of this Kifwebe( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death"(Roberts)mask can be distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, is worn with a long costume and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this example, during major ...


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

The tribal masks of the Songye .
African mask of the Songye ethnic group, in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Featuring a high sagittal crest, it is considered masculine, in contrast to the feminine which bears a reduced crest. The prominent features give it a powerful character. Abrasions.
Three variants of this Kifwebe( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death"(Roberts)mask can be distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, is worn with a long costume and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this example, during major ceremonies. The Songye came from the Shaba region of ...


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Masque Songye/Tetela
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Songye Mask

This Songye African mask, the kikashi , has stretched eyelids, a quadrangular mouth and an absence of a naso-frontal crest. A network of polychrome parallel streaks evoke the masks of the Tetela. Influenced by the Songyes of the north, the Tetela living in the south have indeed carved similar ritual works. Abrasions, missing at the top.
This variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or 'chasing death' (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to come from the border area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, ...


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Luba Kifwebe Kikashi mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kifwebe mask

Ex Belgian African art collection This African mask Songye, the kikashi, embodies a positive force. The half-closed palpebral slits are stretched toward the temples, with the nose and mouth projecting rectangularly. The flat nasal-frontal ridge indicates that this is a female mask. Parallel striations are etched into the white-pigmented surface.
Three variants of this Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "death chaser" mask (Roberts), from the society of the same name, can be distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent crest, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, seems to come from the border area between the Northern Luba and the Songye of the Southeast. They are ...


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Great Mask Songye Kifwebe Kikashi
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African mask of the Songye kikashi of very large size, it offers stretched hollowed out eyelids, and a naso-frontal crest that is a rib. The parallelepiped mouth is raised with red ochre. Parallel striations are engraved on the surface of the wood, symbolizing plumage and the link with death. Three variants of this mask Kifwebe( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death"(Roberts) can be distinguished: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent crest, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still in use today, seems to have come from the border zone between the northern Luba and southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long costume and a long beard of natural fibers during the most important ...


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Songye bust fetish
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye bust

Statuette-fetish Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) featuring a busty, masked figure. Glossy black patina. Slightly missing, desiccation cracks.

These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger examples are collectively owned by an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. 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 ...


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Statue Nkishi Songye Kalebwe
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African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye Fetish

This sculpture with angular shapes is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the craftsman and the client. Treated according to the instructions of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then loaded with the elements bishimba intended to counter any evil force. In the case of the çi-contre fetish, the hollowed abdomen is devoid of it. The face is studded with upholstery nails. In African culture, metal has magical, therapeutic and apotropaic properties. The face that adopts the features of a middle-aged man recalls both the kifwebe mask. Satin black brown patina.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. Large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while smaller ...


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Masquette Songye Kifwebe
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African art among the Songyes.
This mask forms a small copy of the 'wooden mask' Kifwebe or (plural Bifwebe), the same type of which was produced by the Luba and Songye. The term Kifwebe refers to the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the secret male society bwadi bwa kifwebe which provided social control. There are three variants: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). Height on a base: 32 cm.

These african masks have holes on their outline so that they can attach a costume for the most important ceremonies, including a voluminous beard made of natural fibres. The white streaks would symbolize plumage and the ...


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

African art among the Songye.
This reduced mask, flanked by two small vertical ears or horns, forms a variant of the "wooden mask" Kifwebe ( plural Bifwebe), of which the same type was produced by the Luba and Songye. 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 which provided social control. There are three variants: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high peak, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent peak, and finally the tallest embodying power (kia ndoshi). Matt patina locally flaked.
Height on base : 33 cm.

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Songye Shield
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African art > African Shield > Songye Shield

Shield used by the company bwadi ka bifwebe , whose sculpted motif shows the mask Kifwebe . Two-tone matte patina. Abrasions.
Thirst variants of this Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'hunt death' (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the greatest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to come from the border area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this copy, during the most important ceremonies. The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River amidst savannah and forests. They are governed ...


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

The asymmetry of the powerful features of this tribal mask participates in the strength that it expresses. Large bands of contrasting colors, locally abraded, mark the surface. Eroded contours. Abrasions.
 Three types of African Kifwebe art masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest crest or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi).
Also practiced by the Luba, the cult kifwebe ("mask" in Songye) acted as a secret police force for power, so as to control individuals through magic. Worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, Kifwebe masks additionally appeared during crucial stages of initiation ceremonies at the new moon.
The Songye came from ...


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

Ex-collection traditional African art African.
The term Kifwebe refers to the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the secret male bwadi bwa kifwebe society that provided 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. Cracks of desiccation. Height on base: 40 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 ...


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Songue Nkishi statue
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye fetish

Among the wide range of songye sculptures, details distinguish this songye statuette such as the horn inserted into the head by the tip, and the tiny metal crown at the top. The magical power of the bankishi,(sing. Nkishi) is supposed to be enhanced by the addition of accessories, talismans, metal elements, seeds, shells. The abdominal cavity is filled with a magical charge that may be composed of therapeutic ingredients. Lustrous patina, desiccation cracks.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. Their history is inseparable from ...


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Songye/Hemba Janiform Fetish
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye figure

The unusual character of this sculpture comes from details such as the size of the feet and the double face in relation to the kifwebe mask of the Bwadi ka bifwebe society. No other element, metal, beads, or seeds, accessorize the fetish.
Dark brown satin patina.
The fetish Songye , magical sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) , plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of a whole village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ...


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Songye Nkisi beeldje
African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Songye standbeeld

Devoid of accessories, this African statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )is camped high on a circular base. The expressive face takes on the features of traditional Songye masks. Grayish chocolate patina. Abrasions.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger examples are collectively owned by an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. 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 ...


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

Incised with parallel triangular motifs, this Songye mask of the Kifwebe presents widely circled half-closed eyes, a classically protruding mouth, the nose extending at the top into a ridge flanked by a small tubular protrusion.
Dark brown satin patina. Height on base: 52 cm.
Three types of African mask Kifwebe are listed: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest crest or even absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi).
Also practiced by the Luba, the cult kifwebe ("mask" in Songye) acted as a secret police force for power, so as to control individuals through magic. Worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, Kifwebe masks additionally appeared during crucial ...


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Songye Kikashi mask
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Among the iconic sculptures of African tribal art, this African Songye mask, the kikashi, embodies a positive force.
The half-closed palpebral slits are stretched toward the temples, with the nose and mouth projecting rectangularly. The flat nasofrontal ridge indicates that this is a female mask.
Matt patina. Very slight abrasions. Height on base : 41 cm.


Three variants of this mask Kifwebe ( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death"(Roberts),from the society of the same name, can be distinguished: the masculine one (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine one (kikashi) with a very low crest or even absent, and finally the largest one embodying the power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, seems to come from the border area between the ...


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Songye figurative dignitary stick
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African art > Stick of command, chieftaincy > Songye septer

Similar in design to the Kibangos of the neighbouring Luba, this Songye scepter is divided into several sections between which appears a sculpted representation of the fetishes in use within the group. Oiled black patina.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the Yakitengé and local chiefs. The secret society Bwadi however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, with occult powers, were displayed in punitive and disciplinary expeditions. Their appearances remained linked to divinatory and socio-political objectives. (Luba, F. Neyt)

Songye Kifwebe Mask
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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 ...


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Songye Kalebwe Nkishi fetish statue
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Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ) camped high on a rounded base. The power of the fetish, according to Songye beliefs, would be reinforced by the presence of its accessories, such as the summit horn and the various additions of materials and accessories, vegetable fibers, animal skins, dried fruits, etc... Semi-matt brown patina. Cracks.
These protective fetishes for homes are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large examples are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba River. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. ...


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Songye fetish figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Songye fetish

A reduced reproduction of the kifwebe mask related to the Bwadi ka bifwebe society composes the face of the anthropomorphic fetish here opposite. The latter was carved in a dense wood in geometric volumes. The symbolic and magical ritual accessories are presented here in the form of a necklace of blue beads. Light brown patina.
The fetish Songye, magical sculpture Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ), plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The larger specimens are collectively owned by an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle in Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal manner. Their history is inseparable from that ...


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