Songye Kifwebe mask-55.5/19.7 CM. 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 ofreduced size, is considered masculine, in contrast to the feminine one highlighted by a ridge. The prominent features give it a powerful character.
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 lowcrest 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 the DRC and settled along the Lualaba Riverin the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitengé and by local chiefs.
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