African Tribal Mask

African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291


African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291

African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291    African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291
Songye Kifwebe Mask-56.5/25.7 CM. 56.5/25.7 CM Perhaps the most iconic mask genre among collectors, the term Kifwebe in Songye language means "mask". It is a term used both among the Songye and the Luba, as is the bwadi bwa secret society, to which kifwebe belongs. Both bwadi bwa and kifwebe are believed to have originated from the North Shaba province.

56.5/25.7 CM Buchi (a hereditary supernatural form of witchcraft naturally possessed by chiefs) and masende (magical powers attainable from spirits from the spirit of the deceased through magical rites) help leaders of bwadi bwa to exercise and maintain economic and political power. This classic Songye mask of a cubist, angular form with its overall classic linear grooves, primarily white coloration, red and black accented medial ridge and triangular nose, protruding cubed mouth and hooded eyes. Each Bwadi-bwa Society group had only one female mask, which was the first to be carved.

The female mask led the several male masks at the beginning of ritual performances. It is possible to differentiate male and female kifwebe masks.

Male kifwebe masks are carved with central crests (cockles) while female masks have plain coiffures. They are used in initiation, circumcision and funeral rites. The size of the crest determines the magical potency of mask.

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This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "black-continent" and is located in this country: US.

This item can be shipped to Canada.

  1. Country/Region of Manufacture: Congo
  2. Culture: African
  3. Handmade: Yes
  4. Modified Item: No
  5. Provenance: Ownership History Not Available


African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291    African Tribal Art Mask Vintage Wooden Carved Mask Songye mask DR Congo, 1291