SONGYE MASK 54

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

 SONGYE
Mask 54
16" high, not including raffia, 28" with raffia
9" wide, 12" with raffia
9.5" deep
$1200

This Songye male mask has been vetted as being authentic but with only a little sign of tribal use.

There is a little damage on the tip of the nose, and a crack (now stable) on the top back of the masak on the right side of the crest.

Audaciously shaped and highly symbolic, Songye Kifebwe masks are part of the regalia of the powerful Bukishi society. The power of the masks is directed towards issues of social control, justice and the continuity of the established political hierarchy and the dances in which the masks appear are characterized by otherworldly sounds and lively movements.

Kifebwe initiates learn the various hidden names of each part of the mask such as the nose which may be referred to as "the doors to a furnace". Male and female masks, all worn by men, are distinguished by form and coloration. The male version possesses highly exaggerated features and a prominent crest whereas the female masks are generally white with a low or almost nonexistent crest.

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