Here an example of male Kifwebe characterized by angular and thrusting forms, and with the entire face covered in patterns of geometric grooves that are uniquely characteristic of these masks. The object is a male mask with projecting mouth, triangular nose, pierced eyes, overall concentric linear carving, and polychrome pigments. Condition is good with traces of wear and tear.
Provenance: Justin Barthels (1934-2021), gallery owner Maastricht (NL). Ex owner of a Salampasu mask DR Congo Estimated 60.000 – 90.000 USD by Sotheby`s. Source: (https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2012/africanoceanic-n08858/lot.189.html)
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