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Luba Kifwebe mask (N° 21213)

Emblematic of the sculpture of the Lubas of the east along the Luvua River (D.R.C.), this type of African mask of semi-globular structure presents similarities with the masks of the Songye. However, they did not have the same function. These African masks are called "bifwebe". They appeared during funerals and investitures. The surface is decorated with streaks coated with white clay. Two-tone patina.
These masks appeared during the ritual ceremonies of the kazanzi society, responsible for fighting witchcraft. "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would moreover mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "to chase death". Worn with a voluminous ruff of raffia and animal skins that concealed the dancer, these masks were generally danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. For the Luba, white is synonymous with a relationship with the spiritual world, the circular shape of the object evoking the moon.  

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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm30
Width17 cm
Weight0.92 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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