A superb large Songye/ Lulu Kifwebe mask. Striated face masks, known as Kifwebe, probably originated in North Shaba, an area inhabited by both Songye and Luba groups. Among the small Songye chiefdoms, 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.
A beautifully carved, mystical, and very evocative mask carved with a striking design and painted with pigments. The absence of holes suggests it was made for sale in the second half of the 20th century.
42 cm high, 23,5 cm wide, 14 cm deep
It can be hung on a wall with a hook on the back
Overall good condition with wear and minor losses consistent with age. It has an old repair in the front, lower corner.
- Groot Kifwebe-masker 42 cm
- Etnische groep / cultuur
- Regio / land
- Hout, Pigmenten
- 2e helft 20e eeuw
- Verkocht met standaard
- 42×24×13 cm