Songye Shield, D.R. Congo
D:" W:15" H:43"
This beautiful decorative shield depicts a Kifwebe mask in the center. In the Songye language, a mask is a kifwebe: this term has been given to masks representing spirits and characterized by striations. The kifwebe masks embodied supernatural forces. The kifwebe society used them to ward off disaster or any threat. The masks and shields, supplemented by a woven costume and a long beard of raffia bast, dance at various ceremonies.
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