MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Female Kifwebe Dance Mask
Object Name:
Mask, Ritual, Kifwebe
Other Name:
Mask, Dance, Female
Place of Origin:
Songye, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 11—1/2"
W = 7—1/2"
D = 7—1/2"

Female Kifwebe masks, are in direct relation to the physical world and procreation, the wearer moves calmly, their task is to invoke benevolent spirits that will influence the future generation. Female masks are associated with the moon and are worn for moon rituals as well as during funerals and initiation rites."
Female dance mask with large bulgy eyes with slit centers, flat wedge—shaped nose, protruding rectangular mouth with open center, lines following top of each eye on forehead and bottom of each eye on the cheeks, lines follow the extended protruding lips, holes pierced around entire edge, brownish patina with black eyes and nose.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Traces of Paint
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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