Kwele Antelope Mask

The Kwele, also known as Kwese, people of Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo now live between the Dja and Ivindo rivers. Social control is exercised by the Be’ete Secret Society, which uses masks to adult initiation rituals, funerals, and protection of the village from malicious spirits. The masks embody protective bush spirits, with the antelope a dominant presence among them. Kaolin clay is nearly always used in Kwele masks, because its white color has spiritual meaning to the Kwele.

Size: 53cm high and 19com wide (excluding stand).



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