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Masque Bembe Echwaboga (N° 19809)
This African mask was used during the tribal ritual of the male society Kalunga , Alunga , exercising social control over the clan , and responsible for public dances and ceremonies preceding the hunt. A helmet mask embodying the god Alunga , it has four ample concave orbits from which a pupil springs. Excrescences, on which feathers were fixed, evoke small ears or horns. Evoking a forest spirit, this mask was kept in sacred caves and was displayed during festivals associated with hunting and ancestor worship. Matt patina, discreet red ochre highlights.
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The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch that is said to have left the Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendency 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 a bwami association 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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