Songye Kalebwe Kifwebe Kilume mask


Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe mask in African art

This large, gracefully protruding mask features a large nasofrontal crest adorned with radiating streaks. At the top, herringbone patterns. The protruding eyes are open from a cavity on the lower part. The eyelids are detailed in light pigment.

A very fine example of a "Kilume" male mask sculpted by the Songye Kalebwe ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Icons in African art, the traditional masks linked to the Kifwebe society are easily identifiable although there are many typologies according to the regions and ethnic groups since the Luba, too, sculpt such masks.

Piece from the Mongu collection, Belgium. Mr. Mongu, a retired professor from western Congolese, has himself collected many unique and remarkable objects in situ.

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Presumed dating
Circa 1950
50 cm
Ethnic group
Songye / Basongye
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mongu private collection, Belgium

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