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Helmet Mask – Raphia, Wood – Kifwebe – Songye – Congo


Object Helmet Mask
Ethnic group: Songye
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood, Raphia
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 55x30x24 cm
Weight: 2100 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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Exceptional large wooden Kifwebe helmet 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 mask is a male mask, visible from the large crest.

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.
Good condition with traces of wear and tear. The mask has a full beard made out of raphia.