Basonge/Songye Painted Mask - Basongye/Songye

African Angel ArtSKU: AAA1333
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Dimensions: L:15in W:6.3in D:5.5in

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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