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Bembé Mask (N° 17270)

This African mask was used during the circumcision ritual of the Bwami society, inspired by that of the neighbors lega. Mask with large concave orbits with coffee bean pupils, reproduced in miniature on the lower area. Growths at the top, on which feathers were attached, evoke small ears or horns. Evocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in the sacred caves. Abraded velvety patina, kaolin residue. Slight cracks.
The Bembe is a Luba branch line that is believed to have left Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by their neighbours in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had an association bwami responsible for initiation and structuring for society but while the bwami was exclusive to the Lega, other associations coexisted among the Bembe.  

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Originex-collection française
Weight0.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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