Mask of the Bwadi bwa Kifwebe Society

Wood, pigment, fiber, hide, and shell | 50.5 x 23 x 17in | Late 19th century

Songye Artist

This female mask was danced for Kifwebe masquerades, which unleash sorcery's menacing power to reinforce the authority of chiefs and elders. Masked male and female dancers are embodiments of supernatural beings from the forest wilderness. Materials a...
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