Oct 10View SourceDaniel:Is there actually a "magical pouch" in the out-side back of the mask, or is it simply "mock" in appearance?How about inside the mask? Although, your mask example is "crest-less", it is not easily verifiable whether it is considered to be female. It clearly conforms to the ubiquitous kifwebe masking icon. According to Marc Felix;
Members of the Bwadi ka Bifwebe association possess esoteric knowledge of masking --- perhaps vanishing (if not already VANISHED).The more I think about it, the answer must lie somewhere with the Luba.There are many variations of kifwebe mask styles, and it is difficult to determine precisely.From: Ed Jones <bucit@...>
There is a lot of contradictory (unreliable) data concerning [supposedly] symbolism of colors; black / red / white / red... too many exceptions not taken into account prior to Central African peoples introduction and access to European pigments.
It is also firmly asserted and consistent with African cosmology the left side of the face is lunar and the right solar.
Perhaps, a southwestern mask style variation where the Songye and Luba are known to intermingle??
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Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 9:00 PM
Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Jonga Kifwebe?Daniel:I vaguely remember a post from Paul De Lucco back in 2006 or so concerning Jonga and other related sub-groups. He has been a resident expert with certain tribes within the DRC for over 30 years or so, and have found his insights quite beneficial.I am indeed a huge fan of Songye influence more than their protégé Luba relatives, but perhaps I am "splitting the atom".Perhaps, Marc Leo Felix "Beauty and the Beasts" would serve well.One point (among many) I deeply appreciate about this small but powerful paperback pamphlet (instead of a book) is the fact that the authors make a concerted effort to avoid and steer clear from heresies, rumors and speculation -- especially concerning the Europeans. Aside from this pamphlet, try the following links;You might also find specific data with a search involving the Tetela sub-group. As you may know, the Central DRC (and Jonga) were heavily affected during the slave and ivory trade --- and copper mining --- all having significant social and economic issues on the people, even today.I hope this information serves you, and all the best with your search. I am sure you will discover many revelations.EdFrom: "dwolf22@..." <dwolf22@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 2:04 PM
Subject: [African_Arts] Jonga Kifwebe?This inquiry goes out to the group in general and to Ed in particular (as I seem to recall you have some knowledge on this style of mask). I recently acquired this mask and felt when I first saw it that it had a Jonga influence due to the slanted eyes. I know there are Songye/Luba kifwebe styles but ... do you .. or anyone know of documented Songye/Jonga kifwebes?I have posted some pics in a folder titled Songye/Jonga ?http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/African_Arts/photos/albums/462594481thanks,daniel