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Kifwebe A century of Songye and Luba Masks (N° 19570)

Kifwebe masks are animated by a "supernatural life" linked to their unique hybridity where man, animal and spirit merge; a mixture that reflects the mystical essence of the Songye and Luba of the southeastern region of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Combining the pulsation of a linear network of striated patterns with the powerful expression of multiple emotions, their fixed gaze imposes an inflexible presence. However, they are much more than their appearance - their essence is fulfilled in ritual and dance. For some time now, art historians and anthropologists have been paying increasing attention to them. This book proposes a new exploration of the masked tradition of the kifwebe based on a thorough study of Woods Davy's exceptional California collection.

Author: François Neyt
Color photographs
Editions: Five Continents
> Status: NEW

Language: English
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 250 x 310 mm
ISBN : 978-8874398645  


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Weight2.92 Kg

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