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Songye mask (N° 22489)
The tight plan of the cheeks here contrasts powerfully with the spherical volume of the skull, projecting the nose and the mouth block. The gradual widening of the neck further enhances the mouth, the center of which bears fleshy lips. Letting you imagine plumage, the striated, variegated planes emphasize volumes and features, increasing the visual effect tenfold.
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Matt patina, erosions.
Height on base: 52 cm.
Three types of African Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest or even absent crest, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi).
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba, to whom they are related through common ancestors.
Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.
Also used by the Luba, worn with a long costume and a long beard made of natural fibers, the Kifwebe masks acted as secret police in favor of power, so as to control individuals through magic. They also appeared during crucial stages of initiation ceremonies.
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|Origin||Collection Patrick Malisse|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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