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Songye Kifwebe Kilume mask (N° 20801)

The surface of this African mask is regularly engraved with parallel bands that bear residual kaolin inlays. The nose stretches to the sagittal crest. The eyes are in intense projection while the parallelepiped mouth forms a projection joining the end of the nose.
Height with the beard: 100 cm.
Matt patina, erosions, slight desiccation cracks.
 Three types of African Kifwebe masks are listed: the masculine (kilume) generally with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) would present a more modest crest or even absent, and finally the largest incarnating 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 manner. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magic charge. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of misfortunes that struck individuals. Also used by the Luba, worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, the Kifwebe masks acted as a secret police force for power, so as to control individuals through magic.
They also appeared during crucial stages of initiation ceremonies.

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750.00 € 375.00 ( -50.0 %) 
Possibility of payment in2x (2x 187.5 €)

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Originex-collection Mercier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Weight1.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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