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Bembe mask (N° 22780)

This African mask was used during the tribal ritual of the Elanda male society. Mask embodying the god Alunga, it has large concave orbits and a mouth that seems to whistle. Evocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was kept in the sacred caves. These masks appeared in various guises during Bwami circumcision and initiation ceremonies.
Matte patina, minimal colored highlights.
Desication cracks.
The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch that left the Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendency are marked by the influence of their neighbors in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had a bwami association responsible for initiation and structuring society, but whereas the bwami was exclusive to the Lega, other associations coexisted among the Bembe.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyBembe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm36
Width18 cm
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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