Songye Cat Mask, DR Congo
The Songye people live in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Songye call masks Kifwebe, which is a term for masks that represent spirits.
The kifwebe masks embodied supernatural forces. The kifwebe society used them to ward off disaster or any threat. The masks, supplemented by a woven costume and a long beard of raffia bast, dance at various ceremonies. The use of white on the mask symbolizes positive concepts such as purity and peace, the moon and light. The mask had also the capacity to heal by means of the supernatural force it was supposed to incorporate.
D:6" W:7" H:15"
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