Mask - Wood - Luba - Congo DRC

Mask - Wood - Luba - Congo DRC
1st half 20th century - Good

Early Kifwebe female dance mask - Luba - DRC.

In fine state and clearly in vintage condition. On stand.

Provenance :
Ex – collection of Ivan Velings, Brussels.
Ex. H. Westerdijk (gallery Malpertuis in 1970). Formerly in a Belgian colonial collection .

This interesting piece allows us to look back into time.Here we see a witness of the process of genesis of the round Luba Kifwebe dance mask into the rectangular model adopted by the Hemba from their Songye neighbours. Such interface examples are rare. The eyes, nose, mouth and band on the forehead remind us of those found in the round, full-moon faces of the Luba masks. The striation is also in between that of the Songye and Luba solution. Masks of this model probably already served members of the Bukasandji society who would normally use the moon masks or Kwezi models. This somewhat elongated Kwezi or full moon mask goes back to the first quarter of the 20th century.Its patina is very fine, both inside and outside.

Literature: Julien Volper : Autour des Songye , Montreuil , 2012, pp. 122-125.
Dimensions: 42 x 24 x 20 cm.
People / Region : The northern Luba of the Shaba Province in the Kabalo region.
Material : semi density wood of the Ricinodendron family of trees.

Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Congo DRC
1st half 20th century
Sold with stand
42×24×30 cm
870 g
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