Tribal used african Old black mask from the Songye Kifwebe - Congo
This finely crafted object depicts female face.
Hand carved from a single piece of colorful painted wood, with scar tattoos
Height: 43 cm.
16th century, the Songye migrated from the Shaba area, which is now the southern part of
the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their history is closely linked to the Luba's, to
whom the Songye are related through common ancestors. Having waged war against one another
for a long time, the Songye and Luba later formed an alliance to fight the Arabs. They
settled on the left bank of the Lualaba River, on a savanna and forest-covered plateau.
Divided into many subgroups, the 150,000 Songye people are governed by a central chief
assisted by innumerable secret societies.
traditionally relied mostly on farming and hunting for subsistence. Because the rivers
were associated with the spirits of deceased chiefs who were often buried in them, fishing
was not practiced except in times of great need. The artistic wares of the Songye,
including pottery made by women and weaving and metalworking done by men, were traded
extensively with their neighbors.
Stand is not included