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Kifwebe Mask - Wood - Luba - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Kifwebe Mask – Wood – Luba – DR Congo


Object:Kifwebe mask
Ethnic group / culture:Luba
Region/ country:DR Congo
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:55x30x20 cm
Weight:2600 g

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Beautiful Kifwebe mask from the Lua tribe of D.R. Congo. They are called Kifwebe, which means `mask`. Typically, it has a human face covered with linear incisions around the neck and above the head. 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 a beautiful aged patina and traces of tribal use. Fine detailed linear incisions. Powerful mask covered with kaoliƫn and traces of tribal use.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.