Songye Kifwebe mask from Democratic Republic of Congo.
Songye Kifwebe Mask
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Material: Wood, paint, grass.
Size: 30″ (76.2 cm) Tall / 45″ (114 cm) on Stand
Notes: Display Stand Included.
The Songye Bwadi Ba Kifwebe society enjoys extreme respect among its people. This society includes individuals with supernatural power (basha masende) who are believed to be able to manipulate spirits by means of magical techniques.
The Kifwebe masqueraders wear the mask with a woven costume and a long raffia beard. The masks with a central crest are male and the size of the mask determines the magical power of the mask. Danced at initiation, circumcision and funeral ceremonies, the male mask is accompanied by a female mask that has no crest. The male masquerader dances in an aggressive, uncontrolled manner to promote social conformity, whereas the ?female? masquerader would dance in a gentler and controlled motion thought to be associated with reproduction ceremonies.
These masks are also seen carved into the center of shields.
|Dimensions||36 x 12 x 12 in|