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#83040 Superb Old Songye Kifwebe Mask Passport DR Congo African Mask 8.5" H

#83040 Superb Old Songye Kifwebe Mask Passport DR Congo African Mask 8.5" H

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 Superb Old Songye Kifwebe Mask DR Congo African Passport Mask ,
Africans passport masks are  to identify their tribes or countries of origin when traveling across the continent.
 8.5" H by 5" w by 3.5" D 
 A well carved and used Passport mask; face with striations pigment  and netting costume.  
This mask belongs to the most famous of the Songye masks, made for 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. 
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