Kifwebe mask - Songye - Congo

The mask of Kifwebe in African art

This authentic, very cubist, traditional mask is linked to the male Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe society, which was responsible for maintaining social order among the Basongye and Baluba.

The so-called Kifwebe tribal masks served to strengthen the witchcraft (buchi) and magic (masende) powers of the chiefs. These masks were supposed to provide members of the Bwasi Bwa Kifwebe society with health and supernatural powers. Some sources also report the release of these masks during the funeral ceremonies of the leaders and initiation rites of the boys.

This African mask exists as it has been said in the Luba and Songye, Congo, they are generally recognized by their different typology although having common features such as streaks colored or contrasting and geometric shapes.

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Origin : private collection D. Claeys, BelgiumDating : 1950's Size : 36 x 18 cm Materials : wood, raphia

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Songye / Basongye
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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