ANTIQUE KIFWEBE FEMALE MASK, SONGYE / LUBA, EARLY 20th c. ANTIQUE KIFWEBE FEMALE MASK, SONGYE / LUBA, FIRST HALF 20th c. Superb Kifwebe mask with fine cubist lines and ancient dark brown patina. Nicely carved, it has the traditional scarifications on different levels and is wearing stand out natural white pigments. Female type (no crest), it features half-moon eyes and a spectacular cubist aspect with 3D nose, prominent mouth and a brown part below the mouth further reinforcing the cubist shape of the work.
These masks, used during magico-religious celebrations, are the symbol of power and social order. They are used by the Kifwebe "magical society" and are mostly present in the Eastern Songye territory.
They are worn with a braided costume and a long raffia beard. Each mask color has a particular meaning that goes with the costume. Certain parts of the mask can represent different animals (crocodile, zebra, lion or even porcupine) with which they will be associated. The white color symbolizes the moon and peace.
Red on the other hand refers more to fire and power. & Nbsp; Unlike male masks which may for some be associated with evil wizards, female masks are perceived as good vibes and reveal positive forces during the "bukishi & nbsp;", the spirit world invoked during the essentially nocturnal dances for this kind of mask. The Songye are a Bantu people located along the Lualaba River in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Very close to the Luba to whom they are related, they have developed over time an artistic style specific to them, very creative, where the power of geometric features alternates with the variety of materials used for their statuary.Their Kifwebe masks are recognized among the most spectacular on the continent and have greatly contributed to the Cubist momentum. In addition to its age and internal signs of wear clearly indicating that it has been used for celebrations, the originality of this piece comes above all from its spectacular cubic shape but also from its beautiful dark brown patina.
Ex-HERMAN collection acquired from the former Pierre ROBIN gallery, Paris France. This very nice piece of ancient Songye art comes with its certificate of authenticity from our gallery and also from Mr. Serges REYNES, Expert of Origine Expert, Paris.
Art / culture : African Art, DRC. Estimated period : First half 20th c. H: 36cm (H: 13.75''). Materials : carved wood covered of natural pigments.
Condition : 2 stable slits on left side. Some normal abrasion and pronounced usage wears in line with wood & pigments ages.Provenance : Ex-HERMAN collection acquired from the former Pierre ROBIN gallery, Paris France. Support : tiny rope to hung it against a wall. Do not hesitate to visit also our website! Our gallery is also under Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn social medias. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks".
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