Luba Kifwebe Mask
Democratic Republic of Congo
22″ Tall (55.9 cm) on Stand
Jean Pierre Hallet Estate Collection – California, USA.
Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of African history with the exquisite Luba Kifwebe Mask. Unlike its more ubiquitous counterparts from the Songye, the Luba Kifwebe Mask stands out for its scarcity and authenticity. Skillfully carved by seasoned artisans, this mask exemplifies the pinnacle of traditional Luba artistry.
Bearing the name Kifwebe, which translates to “to chase away death”, these masks are steeped in cultural symbolism. Historically, they played a pivotal role in funerals of notable individuals and marked moments of societal transition and transformation. The masks’ presence was believed to shield communities from unseen malevolence and guide souls through the realm of ancestors.
The very existence of the Luba Kifwebe Mask is a testament to the thriving Luba Kingdom, an empire known for its intricate governance, trade eminence, and spiritual prowess dating back to the 1500s. The mask embodies the art and soul of a civilization woven into the very fabric of African history.
Elevate your collection with this symbol of power, spirituality, and African legacy. Let the Luba Kifwebe Mask be a conduit to the storied past of the great Luba people, their kings, and their timeless traditions. Embrace this rare opportunity to connect with history and invest in a piece that will be cherished for generations.
The Luba kingdom comprised of small villages overseen by chiefs.