our-shipping-policy
/
/
/
Male Songye Kifwebe Mask
tribal village

Male Songye Kifwebe Mask

in stock

$795.00 inc. GST

or 4 fortnightly payments of $198.75 with Afterpay More info

Male Songye Kifwebe Mask

– A beautifully striking piece with a lot of expression and 2 birds on top.

Supplied with custom made steel stand.

Dimensions

Mask only (H) 33cm (W) 17cm (D) 11cm

Stand to top of mask (H) 62cm

in stock

Male Songye Kifwebe Mask

A beautifully striking piece with a lot of expression and 2 birds on top.

The Kifwebe masks are given supernatural powers and also used to intimidate enemies.

Certain masking traditions of the Congo River basin personify local control of mystical power.

Striated face masks known as kifwebe probably originated in North Shaba,

an area inhabited by both Songye and Luba groups.

Significant departures in the role and formal interpretation of this art form subsequently developed in each culture.

Among the small Songye chiefdoms along the Lomami River, maskers were emissaries of the ruling elite,

who relied on the ideology of witchcraft and sorcery to sustain their rule.

These kifwebe members commanded a body of esoteric secret knowledge

visually encoded mnemonically in the mask’s features.

Hierarchical distinctions between a single female mask and an unlimited

number of male masks are reflected in color and in sculptural features.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Male Songye Kifwebe Mask”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Start typing and press Enter to search

Shopping Cart

No products in the cart.

Select your currency
AUDAustralian dollar
EUR Euro