Old and Fine Kifwebe male mask - SONGYE - Former Belgian Congo

Old and Fine Kifwebe male mask - SONGYE - Former Belgian Congo
1st half of the 20th century - Perfect condition

Large, old & Nice Polychrome carved Male Mask for Kifwebe Society, Songye people, D.R. Congo

Estimated age : 1st half of the 20th century
Material: Wood, pigments,
This mask has traces of old White pigments, Black pigments on the front and both sides and red pigments in the mouth.
Dim: 72 cm x 42 cm x 28 cm.
Weight 4.2 kilos
Provenance: private Belgian collection

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. Male masks, such as this one, are distinguished by the predominant use of polychrome and the long form of the head crest. The object is a male mask with projecting mouth, triangular nose, pierced eyes, overall concentric linear carving. Condition is excellent. Two small holes made in back at a previous time for suspending wire through the mask's widest point. Unique piece.

Cf: The Collection of Allan Stone: African, Pre-Columbian & American Indian Art - Volume Two 16 May 2014, lot 80
for a similar example.

Sent by registered and insured mail: International express parcel (Colissimo international) or registered Bpost.

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