Ancient male Kifwebe mask from Songye tribe, D. R. of Congo
Ancient male Kifwebe mask from Songye tribe, D. R. of Congo.
Dimensions: height: 67 cm (without raffia; 107 cm including costume and raffia); width: 24 cm; depth: 39 cm.
Type of wood: Ricinodendron Rautanenii.
Substances: the colours of the mask are a bit faded. The black dye has been identified as charcoal (“Lifito” in Basongye language). The white dye has been applied by the use of riverbed clay (known in Basongye language as “Ntoshi”), a type of clay similar to kaolin, mixed with yellow ochre (limonite dust). The white dye is deeply faded, as well the red dye. The red dye (central ring, mouth) has been obtained from Bixa Orellana (annatto). The mask has been repainted several times, as usual for most of tribally used masks from Songye tribe. Looking carefully at the surface, it's possible to see eight levels of colour, of which the last appears to be the black dye on the bottom part. The remnant fur on the nose comes from Da Brazza's monkeys fur (Cercopithecus Neglectus).
Estimated age: 1920.
Provenance: collected by comboni father Luigi De Giorgi on 1942 in Kasongo, Maniema province.
Overall condition: the mask shows general wear and dark grey patina. The wood is very fragile due to its old age. Considering its age, the mask is in great shape. This is an unique piece, of inestimable value, not easy to find of this age, and not easy to find of this beauty. This is one of the most magnificent and ancient Kifwebe masks we had in our collection. A true, unquestionable masterpiece.
A professional invoice with a picture of the object, as well as the aforementioned description, will be delivered with the lot.
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