Atq Vtg Luba Congo "kifwebe" Female Dance Mask African Wood Carving Ceremonial For SaleLUBA CEREMONIAL DANCE MASK: Round Kifwebe Female Mask/ Africa Democratic Republic of the example of Luba-Eastern small ceremonial female dance
• Natural AGE:
• Early-to-Mid 20th
• Height: 6.5" (16.6cm)
• Width: 6" (15.2cm)
• Depth: 2.75" white red black pigment: white designated for the crest of the head, eye-nose, and mouth regions. Significant sensory regions: in ceremonial divination
• Good age with minor losses around the edges. Nice example with desirable wear and showing signs of tribal use.
• Notch at top: likely where raffia once Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. OPTIONS:
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Made for the Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe Secret society.
Of the several different mask types used by the Luba, this type of bowl-shaped mask with parallel grooves was worn with a raffia costume and danced in male/female couples representing spirits (kijwebe) which connect this world with the spirit world. Used to mark important periods of social transition and transformation.
"Kifwebe" means "Mask" in the Songye language. Stylistically resembling larger Songye Kifwebwe Masks.
• Round Structured Mask:
• Face generally covered with linear incisions (striations), sometimes pigmented
• Oval Eyes: bean-shaped (typically)
• Mouth most often square and The Luba are one of the Bantu peoples of Central Africa. They are indigenous to the Katanga, Kasai, and Maniema which were historic provinces of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Luba-Eastern today live in the neighborwood of the Buyu, Hemba, Zela and other Luba subgroups. OF LUBA PEOPLE:
They speak the Luba-Kasai, Luba-Katanga, and Swahili The Luba were famous as wood carvers. Particularly noteworthy were ceremonial masks, and such symbols of kingship as ceremonial canes, bracelets, and OF MASK
They are danced in pairs one representing the male and the other female. If mask has a central crest, it is masculine; if not, feminine. The size of the crest determines the magical power of the mask.
Traditionally linear incised bands are decorated in natural pigments: black from ash, colors from plant dyes or ground minerals.
White is closely associated with ceremonial spirit divination and the dead. It had a relative positive association for it's means and use in conveyance with ancestral spirits. USE:
Another significant feature of Luba culture was kibuta – divination.
Luba Kifwebe masks were used during initiation, circumcision, or funeral ceremonies.
Rituals connect the community with the spirit world. They appear at the death of a chief or other eminent person as well as when a person assumes an important political position. The dance during the night of the new moon to honor ancestors.
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