Ritual Messengers

The Peoples of Central Africa

| The Luba | Luba Royal Emblems | Luba Masks | Luba Ritual Figures |

Kifwebe mask. Eastern Luba. Shaba, Zaïre. Wood, fibre, pigments.
© Africa-Museum, Tervuren

  Luba Masks

Luba bifwebe masks are similar in style to those of the Songye and are also worn in the context of an initiation society of the same name. But a series of symbolic variants and inversions relate them more to beneficial magic than to witchcraft.

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