Kifwebe Luba Mask - SOLD OUT

The Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe masculine society was in charge of the enforcement of social order among the Songye and the Luba. The so-called Kifwebe masks were used to reinforce the powers of witchcraft (buchi) and magic (masende) of the chiefs. These masks were supposed to ensure health and grant supernatural powers to the members of the Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe society.

According to some sources, these masks were also taken out for funerary ceremonies of chiefs and for initiation rites of young boys. This African mask presents beautiful regular striations, as well as a symmetrical facies. Very lovely balance of the volumes of this piece, which could have inspired the famous artists of the Western contemporary art.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
22 x 22 cm
Expert's estimate
450 - 500 €
Ethnic group
Luba / Baluba / Louba
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium
Condition
Excellent