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Unknown Maker
Kifwebe Mask Kifwebe Mask
Mid-20th century Mid-20th century

In the kifwebe masking tradition of the Luba peoples, masks are danced in male-female couples. The multicoloured pigmentation, small mouth, and scarification marks under the eyes of this piece indicate that it likely represents a female. Although this mask has the strong symmetry of a human face, the combination of protruding features and incised geometric lines creates an abstract effect.

Luba kifwebe masks are danced at the funerals of important people and at festivities to mark a person¿s achievement of a political title. They also have historical links to the abolishment of sorcery.

 
Unknown Maker
Luba peoples Luba peoples
Kifwebe Mask Kifwebe Mask
Mid-20th century Mid-20th century
wood, pigment, hair wood, pigment, hair
height / width / depth: 42.00 x 26.00 x 22.00 cm; 16.54 x 10.24 x 8.66 in.
Gift of Justin and Elisabeth Lang, 1984 Gift of Justin and Elisabeth Lang, 1984
M84-088

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