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Grand masque Bembe (N° 18728)
This African mask was used during the tribal ritual of male society, exercising social control over the clan and responsible for public dances and ceremonies prior to hunting.
They also appeared in the circumcision ceremonies of the Bwami. Matt patina beige gray, colored highlights. Xylophagous attacks controlled.
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Ethnicity Bembe is a Luba branch that would have left the Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendencies are marked by the influence of their neighbors from the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc..
Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had an association bwami responsible for initiation and structuring the society but while the bwami was exclusive among the Lega, other associations coexisted among the Bembe.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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