African Tribal Face Mask Wood Hand Carved Vintage Wall Hanging Mask (Kifwebe)-58.8/17.1 CM. Certain masking traditions of the Congo masking River basin personify local control of mystical masking power. Striated face masks known as kifwebe probably originated in North Shaba, an area inhabited by both Songye and Luba groups. Significant departures in the role and formal interpretation of this art form subsequently developed in each culture. Among the small Songye chiefdoms along the Lomami River, maskers were emissaries of the ruling elite, who relied on the ideology of witchcraft and sorcery to sustain their rule.These kifwebe members commanded a body of esoteric secret knowledge visually encoded mnemonically in the mask's features. An original patina covers the item.
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Vintage Hand Carved Wooden decor Baule Monkey Mask African mask ceremony-4531. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "naga_4823" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.