Mask - Wood - KIFWEBE - Songye - Democratic Republic of Congo

Description
Mask - Wood - KIFWEBE - Songye - Democratic Republic of Congo
Good

Songye Kifwebe mask

Provenance:
- Private collection, London, UK

Literature:
'Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa' by Marc Leo Felix, 2018
'Songye Masks and Figure Sculpture' by Dunja Hersak, 1986
'Kifwebe: A Century of Songye and Luba Masks' by Francois Neyt, 2019

The Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe male society is responsible for maintaining control, order and rule among the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Community leaders makes use of witchcraft (buchi) and magic (masende) to enforce desired behaviour; to harness the powers of buchi and masende, kifwebe (literally meaning 'mask') masks are danced.

It is believed that the power of the masks provide Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe members with wealth and supernatural abilities. Sources also point to their use during the installation and funeral of chiefs, the initiation rites of young boys and also in secret society meetings.

Shipping via Royal Mail (unless requested otherwise) within 24hrs after payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
KIFWEBE
Ethnic group/ culture
Songye
Region/ country
Democratic Republic of Congo
Material
Wood
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
38×20×21 cm
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