Name of the tribe: Songye.
Dimensions (in cm): 25 x 11 x 10
Weight (in grams): 150
Shipment mode: Postal shipment.
Little Songye mask. Bifwebe (singular of Kifwebe) masks are part of the ceremonial items of the confraternity with the same name (Bwadi Kwa Kifwebe), which still currently plays a prestigious role among the Songye of the East.
The members of this society are the basha masende, holders of the knowledge necessary for interacting with the gods.
For the most important ceremonies, Bifwebe masks are worn with a long costume and a long beard made of plant fibres.
Unlike the masculine Kilume (plural: bilume) masks, the feminine masks are devoid of the crest on the summit of the head, on the face it presents fine incisions painted in white.
The masks, the colours and the costumes have a symbolic meaning.
Each part of the face is associated with a determined animal such as the lion, the zebra, the crocodile, or the porcupine, which mask mimics the behaviour.
- Numero totale di oggetti
- Regione / Paese
- Repubblica Democratica del Congo
- Seconda metà XX secolo
- Buone condizioni
- Con supporto incluso
- 25×11×10 cm
- 150 g