Tribal art > African mask > Songye Mask
African art among the Songyes.
Named Kifwebe or 'wood mask', (plural Bifwebe), the same type of which was produced by both the Luba and the Songye, this tribal mask imposes by its masterful dimensions. The term Kifwebe refers to the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the secret male society bwadi bwa kifwebe . There are three variants: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest or absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This mask comes from a three-generational Belgian collection, acquired in various international galleries and during the professional travels of G. Mercier, consultant for the Solvay group, who died in the 1980s. Exceptional patina, internal traces of use.