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Auction Closes At: 12:38:00 12/13/2023
Time Remaining: Closed
Lot# & Name: 470. Songye Kifwebe Mask
Estimate: $3,000-$5,000
Current High Bid: $2,600.00
Auction Closed(Final Price) $2,600.00

Category: African
Sub Category: Congo (D.R.C.)
Culture or Country: Democratic Republic of Congo.
Period: --
Size: 13-1/2”H. (34cm).

Description: Abstract female mask with rounded forehead bisected by median black band extending to triangular nose, with swollen large eyes with slit openings, and jutting mouth of projecting evenly with nose. Covered with kaolin pigment and black pigment. Surface engraved with fine parallel linear grooves following the sculptural planes of the mask. Overall dark brown organic deposits, surface wear, light paint loss. “The mask societies see themselves as organs of population control and eve judiciary and coercive agencies which reinforce the power of the chief and the nobles. And yet, in the case of the male masks this power is essential linked to witchcraft, and in that of the rarer female masks, to magic.” Neyt, Francoise, “Songye”, p. 362.
Provenance: Private Baltimore collection; ex. Washington DC. collection.
Shipping Fee:
National: $75.00
International: $170.00 (This is approximate and for Postal Service. Prices may vary, especially for private carriers such as: FEDEX, UPS and BAX).

Songye Kifwebe Mask

BIDDER BID QTY Original Bid Time
1. 5398320204080288 $2,600.00 1 12/13/2023 12:39:46 PM
2. kirovkid $2,500.00 1 12/13/2023 12:27:22 PM

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