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Masquette Songye Kifwebe
African art > African mask > Kifwebe Mask

African art among the Songyes.
This mask forms a small copy of the 'wooden mask' Kifwebe (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: 31 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 connection ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish figure
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )whose top horn is intact. In the umbilical cup was housed the magical charge bishimba, also present in the horn. The power of the fetish, according to Songye beliefs, would indeed be enhanced by the presence of its accessories, such as nails and cords. Light brown patina.
These protection fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens 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 way. Their history is inseparable from ...


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Masquette Songye Kifwebe
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African art > African mask > Songye Mask

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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Songye Kalebwe fetish statuette
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Statuette Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi )whose top horn is absent. The power of the fetish, according to Songye beliefs, is reinforced by the presence of its accessories, such as metal and various additions of materials, vegetable fibers, animal skins, dried fruits, etc... Light brown patina. Minimal cracks.
These protection fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens 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 way. Their history is inseparable from that ...


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Oracle de divination Luba/Songye Katatora
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African art > Usual african items > Oracle Songye

This African sculpture is a tool used by the soothsayer during divination rituals in order to communicate with ancestors. Incorporating the category of objects nkisi , nkishi , it is supposed to be endowed with a secret power, receptacle of a spiritual energy. The Luba, like their neighbors Songye, use this type of objects related to the divination kashekesheke named katatora and lubuko. According to François Neyt, the object was carved from wood (kibekwasa ) with magical properties. During the interview, the ring was caught by the soothsayer and his client, who dragging it onto a mat or headrest in response to the questions asked (producing the sound of 'kashekesheke', 'extracting the truth'). The figurative motif here consists of a miniature of the kifwebe female mask of the mask ...

Songye Nkishi fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > Songye Fetish

More realistic than usual, this carved figure Nkisi, nkishi (pl. mankishi ),always provided with the top horn in which the magic charge bishimba will probably have been introduced. The power of the fetish would indeed be accentuated by the presence of accessories, jewelry, metal, materials and various elements. Brown to black glossy patina.
These protection fetishes for homes are among the most popular in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens 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 way. Their ...


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Kifwebe kikashi mask of Songye
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African art > African mask > Songye Mask

Atypical by its bridled eyelids, this kikashi, African mask Songye of female type, embodies a positive force. The palpebral, half-closed slits are stretched to the temples, nose and protruding mouth. The large, flat naso-frontal crest indicates that it is a female mask. Fine parallel lines are dug on the bleached surface. Very slight cracks.
This variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or 'chasing death' (Roberts), from the society of the same name, stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or 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 by a dancer Kifwebe ...

Songye Kifwebe Mask
African art > African mask > Songye Mask

Modest dimensions for this Kifwebe mask with a base. Total height: 33 cm. Patina mate, erosions.
This types of African Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or absent crest, and finally the greater embodying power (kia ndoshi). 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 way. 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 often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magical charge.
Alers present in their ...


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Figure Songye Nkishi
African art > African Statues > Statue Songye

African statue Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) hermaphrodite of Songye, it has a massive head that supports a ringed neck. The arms are positioned around a protruding abdomen.  The absence of a summit horn is noteworthy. The peculiarity of these fascinating tribal figures most often lies in the angular treatment of the form, the imposing triangular face that takes up here the face of the African mask kifwebe, the mouth cracks spread in grin, and the attitude deported to the front of the bulging belly. Brown patina, slightly sainized. Here, the neck is surrounded by a necklace of colored beads and the protruding abdomen is devoid of magic charge bishimba. The canvas pudding on the hips is supposed to determine the character's rank and does not contain relics. Black wooden base on option. ...


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Kifwebe mask of Songye
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African art > African mask > Kifwebe Mask

This large African Songye mask, the kikashi has protruding, incised and fluent eyelids to the temples, and a reduced naso-frontal crest. The tubular mouth is hollowed out in crosses. Parallel streaks are dug on the surface of the wood, symbolizing the plumage and the connection with death. Mate patina, desication cracks, erosions.
This variants of this Kifwebe mask (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, absent ...


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Songye tricephalous fetish statuette
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Ex-collection Belgian African art.

This intriguing figure with three heads perched on a ringed neck forms a reduced, individual version of the great Nkisi fetishes of the Songye. It has three masked faces of the kifwebe, and the armless morphology is illustrated by stocky, muscular legs resting spread out on a small circular base. Satin black patina. Slight cracks of desiccation. These fetishes of protection intended for housing are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens 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 ...

Songye Kifwebe Kilume Mask
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The surface of this African mask has wide bands of contrasting colors. The ridge of the nose under which nostrils have been pierced extends towards the head of a sagittal crest. The eyelids stretch towards the temples. Like a beak, the parallelepiped mouth protrudes. Patina mate, erosions. Height on a base: 62 cm.
This types of African art mask Kifwebe are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest crest or absent, and finally the greater embodying power (kia ndoshi). 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 way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ...


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Dancer Figure Songye Kifwebe
African art > African Statues > Songye Kifwebe figure

This statue shows a dancer, member of the secret society Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe , in a state of "bwadi" trance, wrapped in a braided costume and a natural fiber ornament attached to the contours of the kifwebe mask. He wears a panty made of animal skin on which remains fur . The appearance of this masked dancer aims to increase fertility. The arms are mobile.
Three variants of this mask Kifwebe ( pl. Bifwebe) or "chasing death"(Roberts), from the society of the same name, can be distinguished: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high peak, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low or even absent peak, 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 ...


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Great Mask Songye Kifwebe Kikashi
African art > African mask > Songye Mask

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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dancer mask Kifwebe Songye figure
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
This Kifwebe dancer figure wears the African mask Songye, the kikashi, embodying a positive force. The reduced naso-frontal ridge indicates that it is a female mask. Decorated with its raffia collar and a braided integral costume, the dancer wears moreover a fur skirt and sandals out of skin. Imposing raffia beard fixed to the contours of the object.

Statue janiforme Songye
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African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

The sculpture, with two faces evoking kifwebe linked to the company Bwadi ka bifwebe is equipped with ritual accessories with a magical purpose in the form of metal elements. A raffia cloth loincloth, stuck in a resin, marks the waist. Eroded wood, missing.
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 figures belong to an individual or family. In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to Kasai, Katanga and South Kivu. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. Very present in their society, ...


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Songye Nkisi fetish statue
African art > African fetish > Songye Fetish

Ex-collection Monegasque African art.
This sculpture without its top horn is the result of cooperation between the nganga, the craftsman and the client. Treated according to the indications of the ritual priest, the figure intended for the client is then loaded with the elements bishimba intended to counter any evil force: magic charge, various symbolic accessories. The physiognomy, which adopts the features of a middle-aged man, is reminiscent of the kifwebe mask. Satin brown-black patina. The fetish Songye , magic sculpture Nkisi , nkishi (pl. mankishi ) , plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens are the collective property of an entire village, while the smaller figures belong to an individual or a family. In the sixteenth century, the ...


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Songye Kikashi Mask
African art > African mask > Kifwebe Mask

This African mask Songye, the kikashi, embodies a positive force. The palpebral, half-closed slits are stretched towards the temples, nose and mouth in rectangular protruding. The flat naso-frontal crest indicates that it is a female mask. Parallel streaks are engraved on the pigmented white surface.


This variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or 'hunt death' ( Roberts), from the society of the same name, stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or 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 by a dancer Kifwebe in a state of trance 'bwadi' , ...


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Songye fetish statuette
African art > African fetish > Statuette Songye

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Sculpture whose base is damaged, it represents a hermaphrodite being whose hands rest on either side of a bulbous abdomen, into which a magical charge is usually introduced. The statuette without its accessories is capped with a curious pointed cap. Semi-satinized smooth patina. These fetishes of protection intended for housing are among the most prized in Africa. The Nkisi plays the role of mediator between gods and men. The large specimens 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 way. Their history is ...


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Songye Kifwebe Kilume Mask
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African art > African mask > Songye Mask

Divided into wide stripes of colors now barely contrasted, this songye mask sports an imposing sagittal crest. The eyelids stretch towards the temples. Like a beak, the parallelepiped mouth protrudes. Mate patina, erosions, desication cracks and lacks.
This types of African Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or absent crest, and finally the greater embodying power (kia ndoshi). 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 way. 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 ...


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Luba Mask
African art > African mask > Luba Mask

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
This type of polychrome African luba mask, with a rounded structure, has similarities with the masks of the Songye. However, they did not have the same function. This category of African masks are called "bifwebe". They appeared at funerals and investitures. The nasal appendage extends into a thick ridge at the top, and a cubic mouth protrudes from it. Scaled matte patina, colored highlights. Height on base: 28 cm.
They occurred during the ritual ceremonies of the Kazanzi society, which was responsible for fighting witchcraft. "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, moreover, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "to hunt death". Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic ...


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