The Songye have created these masks among the most impressive of the art of Black Africa. Themale Kifwebe masks are real modern sculptures with very audacious architecture, exuberant shapes and volumes. They evoke us instantly Cubism.
The streaks that cover almost their entire surface would be a reminiscence of the labyrinthic course that is the initiation Bukishi
TYPE OF OBJECT: Mask.
ETHNICAL GROUP: Songye - Basongye (east)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Democratic Republic Congo
(ex Zaïre, ex Belgian Congo).
DIMENSIONS: About 22 1/4 inches high.
28 1/3 with the base
CONDITION: Medium - bad. Many defects, the biggest is at the top, at the crest.