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BaLuba BaSongye African Mask Set

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5.00 LBS
$8.50 (Fixed shipping cost)

Product Description

Two masks for the price of one !!

You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to show your appreciation for African Art. Maybe you are looking for something a little extra to highlight a mud cloth pillow, a little statue that sits on a table or maybe something to fill that nagging blank corner on the wall!

Our small masks are perfect! They are low cost but the best part is that they are Authentic! These items were not made for the trade. They have been gathered after actual use during public festivals!

This set features a BaLuba mask on top:

The BaLuba of the southern part of the Congo empire was founded in 1585. At its, peak over 1 million people paid tribute to the Luba king. Kifwebe mask also attributed to the Songye people were used in a Luba dance called "makaye a Kifwebe" which means "dance of the mask." The Kifwebe was used when the chief of the village either dies or was newly appointed or when an important dignitary arrived at the village. The facial components include a wide and pronounce nose, oversize eyes with enlarged eyelids and a protruding box like mouth detailed with an "X" marking at the end. This mask is female as evidenced by the round shape and the lack of a frontal head crest. The mask has been tastefully pigmented in shades of tan, brown with black and adorned with a beautiful arrangement of native bird feathers along the lower rim.

This makes for a wonderful African accent piece!

Dimensions: 6 inches long x 7 inches wide. The measurements include the feathering.

The second mask is BaSongye:

The BaSongye of Southeast Zaire have local rulers, the Sultani Ya and an influential secret society, the Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe. The most famous mask created by the Songye, the Kifwebe, is worn in connection with the secret society. The mask can be either male if a top head crest is present or if displaying a plain coiffure, female. The mask offered is a female mask. The face is surrounded by Songye signature linear etchings and highlighted by the classic Songye protruding mouth with the telltale Songye"X". Female masks essentially reflect positive forces and appear in dances held at night such as lunar ceremonies. The mask has the powerful capacity to heal by means of the supernatural force that is thought to be housed in the mask itself.

Authentic African décor accent!


Dimensions: 9 inches long x 5 inches wide.

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