Kifwebe mask - Wood - Masque de rituel - Songye - Africa

Kifwebe mask - Wood - Masque de rituel - Songye - Africa
2nd half 20th century - Good

Songye, Kifwebe passport mask.

Very nice collector's item

Bifwebe (Kifwebe in singular) masks are listed among the ceremonial objects of the eponymous society (bwadi ka kifwebe), which still plays a prestigious part within eastern Songye society.

The neighbouring Luba masks are also called kifwebe and are very similar to Songye masks. Little mouth, half-closed eyes, striped face...

Masks in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as statuaries, represent a major element of artistic creation. They both belong at the heart of traditional social and religious life. In the late 19th century, African art became widely accessible to European collectors; it justified the legitimacy of the research of the greatest artists, painters, and sculptors; and it justified their use of forms free from figurative naturalism Already in 1920, R. Fry explained: "The main virtue of African sculpture is its total plastic freedom... It seems that the transition from a flat surface to a sculpture in the round is not a problem for them. » Indeed, the primary objective of African art is not to represent the visible world.

Lot details
Kifwebe mask
Indigenous object name
Masque de rituel
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
2nd half 20th century
Sold with stand
45×24×21 cm
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