Bush Pig Mask

This is an authentic classic female Kifebwe mask from DR Congo, Songye tribe, located in
south-central section of DRC. This mask is rare for its authenticity, age and exceptionally
detailed and fine carving.

Songye Kifebw masks are part of the regalia of the powerful Buskishi society. The power of the
masks is directed towards issues of social control, justice and the continuity of the established
political hierarchy and the dances in which the masks appear are characterized by otherworldly
sounds and lively movements. Kifebwe initiates learn the various hidden names of each part of
the mask such as the nose worn by men, are distinguished by torn and coloration. The male
version possesses highly exaggerated features and a prominent crest whereas the female are
generally white with a low or almost nonexistent crest.

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