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Bembe mask (N° 19045)

Two large concave orbits fitted with globular eyelids, incised for vision, occupy the upper part of this African Bembe mask. The frightened owl would have inspired these zoomorphic characters. A tubular mouth protrudes. These masks accompanied the rituals of passage during the Bwami's circumcision ceremonies. Two-tone matt patina. Residues of kaolin. Abrasions. Watch the video

 


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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyBembe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width20
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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