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Description

Large kifwebe mask carved with striated designs. The striations are painted in alternating colours, reddish-brown, black and off-white. The eyes, mouth, and nose extend outward, with a large fan-like crest extending back from the nose, between the eyes. The eye lids are semi-circular at top, with a rectangular cutout below. The mouth piece is rectangular, with a square cutout at the end. A neck covering extends down and flares outwards. Many small holes are drilled through at the edge of the mask. The back is red.

History Of Use

The large protruding crest and popping eyes identify the mask as an exceptionally powerful male Kifwebe. These masks, controlled by the Bukishi society and village chief, express wild aggressive power intended to frighten and intimidate those they pursue. While the white colour represents light, peace, purity and the moon, the red evokes fire, blood, danger and evil.

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