Basongye/Songye Tribe Beaded Mask ~16.5" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA03008

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Dimensions: H:16.5" W:5.5" L:8.7" Weight: 3.1 lbs.

Basongye/Songye Tribe Beaded Mask

Songye masks are known for their unique aesthetics and symbolic significance. They are typically carved from wood and feature a combination of painted and sculpted elements. These masks often have bold geometric patterns, intricate details, and distinctive facial features. The Songye/Basongye people use masks for various purposes, including ceremonial, ritual, and entertainment. Masks play a significant role in traditional religious and social practices. They are worn during important events such as initiation ceremonies, funerals, and harvest celebrations.

About the Tribe

Songye, are a Bantu ethnic group found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's south-eastern region on the banks of the Lualaba River. The Songye are divided into numerous sub-groups and ruled by a central chief, the Yakitenge. They are well-known for their visual arts, particularly expressive masks for the kifwebe secret society.

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