This hand carved tribal mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thought to be from the late 19th to early ...
moreThis hand carved tribal mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thought to be from the late 19th to early 20th century.
The most famous masks created by the Songye are worn in connection with the kifwebe secret society. They are called kifwebe, which means ‘mask’ in the Songye language. It can be either masculine, if carved with a central crest, or feminine if displaying a rather plain coiffure. The kifwebe society used their masks to ward off disaster or any threat. The mask had also the capacity to heal by means of the supernatural force it was supposed to incorporate.
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