African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Bemba Mask

Bemba zoomorphic mask (N° 16382)

The zoomorphic masks of the Bemba, Babemba, Wemba, or Mubemba (not to be confused with the Bembé of eastern R.D.C.) are preserved by hunter societies and exhibited during agrarian festivities and rites. The Bemba, from Maniema, claim to be of Luba origin and have settled on the shores of Lake Moero, near Zambia, and Lake Tanganyka. During the 19th century, the Bemba participated in the slave trade by allying with the slave king Msiri. Colonial politics dispersed them in the 20th century. Their leader now reigns in Kasama, Zambia, they believe in a supreme god, Lesa, worship nature spirits, Ngulu, a snake named lunga, and mythical ancestors. Their very diverse art was influenced by that of their neighbors, Luba, Lunda, Tabwa, Nyamwezi.Their statues present aberousal scarifications running from mouth to ear. This mask has scattered alterations, cracks and abrasions. The usual patina is velvety, semi-mate.
(Source: M.L. Felix)  

Watch the video


Sold for 450.00
 


This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost





Originex-collection espagnole
EthnyBemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height43
Width24
Weight3.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

You could also be interested by these items
Masque LegaMasque Guéré Masque MbaganiMasque KumuMasque Songye

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts


You have question on this item ? contact us

16383

Previously viewed items
African art - Bemba zoomorphic mask
African art  -  Brussels - Paris - London

© 2021 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73 Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100