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Female Mask – Raphia, Wood – Kifwebe – Songye – Congo DRC


Object Kifwebe Mask
Ethnic group: Songye
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood, Raphia
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 50x30x13 cm
Weight: 1300 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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Stylistic Kifwebe mask from the SONGYE tribe of D.R. Congo. They are called Kifwebe, which means `mask`in the Songye language. Typically, it has a face covered with linear incisions, a square protruding mouth and a linear nose set between globular pierced eyes. This is a female mask with plain coiffure.

During initiation, circumcision or funeral ceremonies, a dancer will wear the mask and his body will be covered with straw. The dancer who wears the female mask displays more gentle and controlled movements and is assumed to be associated with reproduction ceremonies.

Considered the age good condition with traces of tribal use. Fine detailed linear incisions. Nicely decorated with full raphia.



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