Songye Large Kifwebe Mask Male with Bright Wood, pigment, Colors DR Congo African
measures approx : 21" h by 7.75" w and 7" deep
An interesting Songye Kifwebe mask with huge crest and striations painted in bright colors (white , black )This s a male mask used by members of the Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe Secret society.
"Kifwebe" means "Mask" in the Songye language. The face generally is covered with linear incisions which are sometimes pigmented, the mouth is most often square and protruding. If it has a central crest, it is masculine; if not, feminine. The size of the crest determines the magical power of the mask. Such masks are worn during initiation, circumcision, or funeral ceremonies.