Kifwebe Luba mask, DRC ex Zaire Atypical... - Lot 199 - Arthema Auction

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Kifwebe Luba mask, DRC ex Zaire Atypical... - Lot 199 - Arthema Auction
Kifwebe Luba mask, DRC ex Zaire Atypical structure for this African mask, probably Luba from the Kasai region. Large eyeballs are uncommon in bifwebe masks. The reduced crest here indicates that this African mask ("kikashi") embodies a female spirit or ancestor, although it is always worn by men. Worn with a voluminous raffia collar to conceal the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. Among the Luba, white is synonymous with a relationship with the spiritual world, and initiates are covered in it during rituals. The whole piece is engraved with parallel grooves. Light-brown satin patina. These rather rare Luba masks are frequently confused with those of the Songye and their neighbors. The striations may refer to the same symbolism, including that of zebras. This type of mask appeared at the funerals of chiefs and dignitaries, or during enthronements, marking social events. 30 x 15 cm Sold without base
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