SONGYE MASKS ARCHIVES, DRC


The masks below have been sold. They are left here for educational and reference purposes.

SONGYE
Mask 15
24" high
SOLD

   

SONGYE
Mask 41
19" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Mask 42
21" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Mask 43
23.5" high
SOLD

 SONGYE
Mask 44
23.5" high
SOLD

 SONGYE
Mask 45
15" high
SOLD

  SONGYE
Mask 46
14" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Mask 47
22" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Mask 48
19" high
SOLD

SONGYE (LUBA)
Mask 1
16" high
SOLD

SONGYE (LUBA)
Mask 1
16" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Mask 33
14" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Mask 33
14" high
SOLD


All of the masks above have been vetted as authentic.

The masks below were not vetted or were judged to be made to be sold.

SONGYE
Mask 53
15" high
SOLD

  SONGYE
Mask 56
13" high
SOLD

SONGYE
Mask 57
12.5" high
SOLD

  

SONGYE
Mask 51
14" high
SOLD


SONGYE (LUBA)
Mask 52
16" high
SOLD

 SONGYE
Mask 55
14" high
SOLD

 

SONGYE 2
SOLD

SONGYE 3
SOLD
 

 

 SONGYE 4
SOLD

SONGYE 7
SOLD

SONGYE 8
SOLD

SONGYE 9
SOLD

SONGYE 10
SOLD

SONGYE 11
SOLD

SONGYE 12
SOLD

SONGYE 13
SOLD
   

SONGYE 21
SOLD


SONGYE 14
SOLD

SONGYE 15
SOLD
 

SONGYE 17
SOLD
 

SONGYE 18
SOLD

SONGYE 19
SOLD

SONGYE 20
SOLD

 

SONGYE 22
SOLD

SONGYE 23
SOLD

SONGYE 25
SOLD
 

SONGYE 26
SOLD

SONGYE 27
SOLD

 

SONGYE 28
SOLD
 

SONGYE 29
SOLD

SONGYE 31
SOLD

SONGYE 32
SOLD

SONGYE 35
SOLD

SONGYE 37
SOLD
   

SONGYE 40
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SONGYE MASKS

Male Bukishi associations, clouded in secrecy, yielded political and mystical power revealed through their masks, known as Kifwebe (singular) and Bifwebe (plural). Female masks, primarily white, are restrained and elegant with striated surfaces. Their function was to awaken and honor benevolent spirits. We are showing a wide and varied selection.

Male masks, known for their distinctive exaggerated forms, are also well represented. Aggressively formed with bulging eyes, projecting mouths and powerful crests, the masks of elders embody the greatest potential and strength. The dynamic forms symbolize the level of power, or grade of the masked figure. Used for social control, political action, or the solicitation of contributions and protection, they were danced at important funerals, visits and investitures. Many of the masks include raffia or full fiber headdresses.

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