This is a fabulous Old Male Black and Natural Songye Mask Shield from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In traditional Africa, shields were used not only as defensive weapons, but also as decorative or ritual objects filled with symbolic meaning. Songye shields are all carved from single pieces of wood. The heads on the shields relate to the masks of this once warlike people from the Dem. Republic of Congo (Zaire) whose art projects an aggressive strength unparalleled in African art. This mask belongs to the category of the most famous Songye masks known as Kifwebe and made for the Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe Secret society. "Kifwebe" means "Mask" in the Songye language and represents spirits of the ancestors during initiation ceremonies. The size of the crest determines the magical power of the mask. Male masks are known for their distinctive exaggerated forms. Aggressively formed with bulging eyes, projecting mouths and powerful crests, and the masks of elders embody the greatest potential and strength. This is an amazing Songye Male Shield Mask, so unique and is rare. A really great piece to add to your collection.
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Shows some age, discoloration, water marks, but in good condition
14 1/2" tall
7 1/2" wide
9 1/2" tall
5 1/4" deep
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