Kifwebe mask Luba Songye Kalebwe - SOLD OUT

This Kifwebe mask comes from a family estate and was harvested in 1942, which makes this work of art a unique and exclusive object.

The mask plays a very important role in Songye art. Their strong stylization contrasts with the very realistic design of the faces, to the point that it is not transposed to any other kind of plastic art. Designed in a very cubist style, with large eyes, a pyramidal nose and a mouth having the shape of a small cassette with 4 faces or a low polygon, the arch of the top of the skull is often composed in elevation by a sagittal crest. The mask is classically grooved in places, sometimes made up of lines of natural wood color, sometimes of colored pigments. Masks of this type were used at the time of initiation and perhaps even by sorcerers of the tribe.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1930
Size
49 x 20 cm (sans compter le raphia)
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Songye / Basongye
Material(s)
Wood, raphia
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium
Condition
Very good

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