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Female Songye Kifwebe Hand Carved Ceremonial Mask

$2,057.24Asking Price

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A female Songye Kifwebe hand carved wooden ceremonial mask. The wooden mask is carved with geometric lines on the face and head which are whitened with pigment and darkened on the large ridged nose, mouth and eyes. Around the back edge are the holes which would have originally had the raffia webbing which blended with the rest of the costume during ceremonial dances. Mounted on a bespoke black museum stand. Dimensions listed are including the stand. In the Songye language, a mask is a Kifwebe: This term has been given to masks representing spirits and characterised by striations. Worn by both men and women, the masks are paired with woven raffia costumes in dances at various ceremonies. For the Songye, white symbolises goodness, purity, health, reproductive strength, joy, peace, wisdom and beauty. The color is associated most commonly with the moon, the light, and daytime. Songye Kifwebe masks were first collected in the 1900s by the pioneering artists of Modernism, who were captivated by their bold, graphic style. Then in the 1920s, the Surrealists motivated by Freudian ideas of the uncanny became fascinated by the dream-like qualities of the masks. Artists like Picasso and Modigliani were avid collectors and these influences can be found in their work. See below a photograph of a young Picasso in his studio surrounded by his tribal art collection. Many believe the lines of the mask create an optical illusion that can be hypnotic, pre-dating the experiments of the Op Art movement in the 1960s pioneered by artists such as Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.

Details

  • Creator
    Songye Tribe (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 22.84 in. (58 cm)Width: 8.27 in. (21 cm)Depth: 9.85 in. (25 cm)
  • Style
    Tribal (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. This is an old mask used in ritual ceremonies so has wear and age consistent with use. There are some small chips to the wood but no cracks or damage to the mask structure.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: TRI 4611stDibs: LU2138315729451

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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