D. R. Congo, Songe/Luba
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Woods Davy, California, USA
Alain Bovis, Paris, France
|H: 29.1 inch||10000 EUR / 20000 EUR|
wood, pigment, on the backside painted with emblems and anthropomorphic figure, base These shields carved with the miniature version of a "kifwebe" mask in the centre, belonged to the "bwadi bwa kifwebe" society. According to Mestach they functioned as guardians of the mask huts ("kiobo"). According to Benitez-Johannot the shields were even used like flags to lead troops into battle.