|Dimensions||55.5 × 19 cm|
Kifwebe Royal Mask, Songye Peoples, D. R. Congo
Songye’s most popular mask is worn in association with the Kifwebe secret society. They are called kifwebe, which means “mask” in Matsuba. The Kifwebe society uses their masks to ward off any threat or disaster. Through supernatural powers, masks have healing powers. It is fastened with woven garments and beards made of raffia and danced in various ceremonies. Every mask, every color, every garment has a symbolic meaning. Male dancers wearing male masks, domineering; aimed at promoting social integration. Dancers wearing female masks, on the other hand, exhibited smoother, more controlled movements, thought to be associated with reproductive rituals.
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