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Songye Mask

The typical Songye mask is male when it has a white crest. The female mask is mostly white, with a smaller crest and finer stripes. These masks appear either in pairs or in groups.

The mask symbolises power and strength, while the stripes are reminiscent of the antelope. The nose is the vertical axis and the tree of life, while the mouth represents the bird’s beak.

The wearer of the mask has his body entirely hidden under a long skirt of fibers braided into netting. He wears a headdress surmounted by a plume.

The kya ndoshi mask is very powerful and much feared. It is larger than the others and has black and coloured stripes.

Sourcing difficulty: 1 = very easy to find, 5 = very rare 3
Dimensions 300 - 400mm (H)
Material Wood
Country of origin Congo-Kinshasa

All products sourced and sold by Amatuli Trading Store are original, unique and handmade. No two items are exactly the same and because of this, variations in colour, size and condition may occur.

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