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Masque facial Bembe (N° 18385)

This African mask was used during the initiation and circumcision rites of the Bwami society, inspired by that of the neighbouring lega. Mask with large concave eye sockets with bulging eyelids, a reduced nose and a tubular mouth. Evocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in the sacred caves. Abraded velvety patina, ochre residue.
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 allemande.
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Weight0.95 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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