Old Kefwebe Songye Congo African Tribal Carved Wood Painted Mask Figure w/ Stand. Today we are happy to offer for sale a best-in-class wonderful old African Congo Songye Kefwebe wood mask on stand! This wonderful piece is a tribal relic the Songye people (sometimes written Songe) a Bantu ethnic group from the central Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kifwebe masks participated in initiations and played a role in establishing order in society, used in benevolent practices that purify the community of the evil spirits of sorcerers. In performance, this type of mask was complemented by a costume ensemble comprising woven textiles, animal pelts, and plant fibers, which covered the dancers body.This large carved wood mask features geometrical carving with slit eyes and rectangular projecting mouth. The piece is decorated with carved grooved stripes, and features traces of hand-painted decoration; the eyes and low crest on head are painted black.
The mask is mounted to a detachable bespoke mid-century modern ebonized oak museum-quality stand and is ready to be displayed and enjoyed. Mask presents very well and is in very good antique condition, with minor wear/scuffing and patina commensurate with age. There is minor loss to painted finish. There are a few very minor small stable age-related fractures on wood. This fabulous figure was acquired by a local anthropology professor during one of his many trips to the African continent many years ago.Add refined connoisseurship and style to any fine antique African art collection with this one-of-a-kind piece... Dimensions: 22-1/2" in height (with stand); 9" in depth, 7-1/2 in width. Item(s) will be professionally packed to prevent damage in transit. Feel welcome to message us with further questions or requests for more images, and thank you for looking!
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This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Figures & Sculptures". The seller is "ri2u" and is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
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