Set of Male Kifwebe Masks

S/N:540-544

  • £2,029
  • €2,250 Euro
  • $2,726 US Dollar

Belgium

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Set of Male Kifwebe Masks

COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM
The kifwebe masquerade is a genre shared by the Luba and Songye People, indicative of the interaction that has occurred between the two societies. Kifwebe masks represent either male or female beings. Both mask types are characterized by angular and thrusting forms, and in both cases the entire face is covered in patterns of geometric grooves that are uniquely characteristic of these masks.
This 'Kifwebe' is coloured in alternating shades of red, black and white. The old net made of braided strings of plant fibres still hangs on the back. Overall, the present ‘Kifwebe mask’ displays good and very old usage patina on the outside as well as on the inside. Some minor age tears, cracks and scuffings confirm the age of this mask.
It's a quite rare item, coming from the Songye People (DRC).

Dimensions: 

  • H: 35cm (13.78in)
  • W: 23cm (9.06in)
  • D: 4cm (1.57in)

Period: 

Interbellum

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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