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A ROUND KIFWEBE MASK, CONGO, LUBA PEOPLE

Wood with remnants of paint, leather string
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba people, 1st half of the 20th century

Like the neighboring Songye people, the Luba people in the southeastern Congo have a secret society known as Bwadi Ba Kifwebe. Kifwebe masks are part of full-body costumes used during initiations, funeral and by the police. In contrast to the better known Songye kifwebe masks, the kifwebe masks of the Luba people are much rounder or entirely round, and painted dark-brown to black.

This mask is carved from relatively light wood and darkly colored. The skillfully placed, small, geometric relief lines on the exterior are characteristic for this type of mask. Slit-like openings for the eyes and red-painted mouth, as well as holes on the side edges, for a string.

Dimensions: 25 cm (diameter)
Condition: Good condition with usual signs of age and wear; minor nicks
Provenance: From an Austrian private collection, purchased from an art dealer in Austria during the 1980s
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A ROUND KIFWEBE MASK, CONGO, LUBA PEOPLE

Estimate €200 - €400Nov 10, 2018
Starting Price €200
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