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Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375


Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375

Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375    Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375
Songye Mask-58.5/19.5 CM. Divided into large contrasting stripes, this songye mask has an imposing sagittal crest. The eyelids stretch towards the temples. Like a beak, the parallelepiped mouth is projected.

Height on a base: 110 cm. 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 society, divination made it possible to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that afflicted individuals. Also used by the Luba, worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, the Kifwebe masks acted as a secret police in favor of power, so as to control individuals through magic.

They also appeared during crucial stages of the initiation ceremonies. An original patina covers the item. African Tribal Art Wooden Carved African African hawk mask's Cameroon -1445.

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  1. Provenance: Ownership History Not Available
  2. Time Period Manufactured: 1600-1900
  3. Country/Region of Manufacture: Cote d'Ivoire
  4. Handmade: Yes
  5. Modified Item: No
  6. Culture: African


Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375    Hand Carved African Tribal Hanging Wood Songye Mask- Mask, Ivory Coast-2375