Old big Songye Kifwebe mask - The Democratic Republic of the Congo
In the Songye language, a mask is a Kifwebe: this term has been given to masks representing spirits and characterized by striations. Depending on the region, it may be dark with white strips, or the reverse. The Kifwebe masks embodied supernatural forces. The Kifwebe society used them to ward off disaster or any threat.
Wood and kaolin pigments.
This mask has some undisturbing cracks from the aging.