African Tribal Mask

African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo


African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo
African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo
African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo
African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo
African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo
African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo

African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo    African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo

African tribal art, Songye Mask from Democratic Republic of Congo. 30 cm 11.5 inches high by 11 cm- 4.2 inches wide. SONGYE (BASONGE, BASONGYE, BASSONGO, BAYEMBE, SONGE, SONGHAY, WASONGA). Democratic Republic of the Congo.

During the 16th century, the Songye migrated from the Shaba area, which is now the southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their history is closely linked to the Luba's, to whom the Songye are related through common ancestors. Having waged war against one another for a long time, the Songye and Luba later formed an alliance to fight the Arabs. They settled on the left bank of the Lualaba River, on a savanna and forest-covered plateau. Divided into many subgroups, the 150,000 Songye people are governed by a central chief assisted by innumerable secret societies.

The Songye traditionally relied mostly on farming and hunting for subsistence. Because the rivers were associated with the spirits of deceased chiefs who were often buried in them, fishing was not practiced except in times of great need. The artistic wares of the Songye, including pottery made by women and weaving and metalworking done by men, were traded extensively with their neighbors. Luba (BALUBA, KALUBA, LOUBA, URUWA, WALUBA, WARUA). The Luba number 1 million.

The vast Luba territory, comprising the entire southeastern part of the DRC, as far as Tanganyika and Lake Mweru, is uniform as regards language and culture, but racially mixed. Although the history of the Luba people is one of violence and warfare, their artistic style is characterized by harmonious integration of organically related forms. The splendid artistic achievements of the Luba are due to a felicitous intermingling of different racial and cultural elements, and to the high standards prevailing at the court. Luba arts counts amongst the finest that Africa has to offer. Artists occupied a privileged place in the hierarchy. The Luba artist carried a ceremonial ax on his shoulder, an emblem of prestige and of dignity of his position. Some apprentices would be recruited from among the deformed, who could neither hunt nor be warriors and who were believed to have a close connection with magic. Good luck and thanks for looking. 15 USD I reduce to 10 USD.

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80 USD I reduce to 55 USD. I also look the combine weight and reduce further where possible. The item "African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo" is in sale since Tuesday, September 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "my-african-beauty" and is located in Kigali, default.

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  1. Country/Region of Manufacture: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
  2. Culture: African

African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo    African tribal art, Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo