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African art - Bembe:

The Bembe are a Kongo ethnic group living in the south of the DRC, in the department of Bouenza. They are more or less 80,000 established in this region. Some groups are also present in northern Angola and northwestern DRC. The Bembe sculpt small statuettes representing ancestors, fetishes with abdominal scarification.


Masque Bembe Elanda
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African art > African mask > Masque Bembe

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 pre-hunting ceremonies. A mask embodying the god Alunga, it has four large concave orbits with a conical pupil in relief. Between the orbits a circular opening is the mouth. Evocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in sacred caves and it was during the festivals associated with hunting and the cults of ancestors that it was exhibited. Masks of the same type also appeared during the circumcision ceremonies of the Bwami . Patina polychrome mate.
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 ...


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Bembe Kalunga fetish tabouret
African art > African Chair > Tabouret Bembe

Preserved in the box of the karunga society, or Alunga, this fetish in the form of a seat is made up of kalunga faces. The society not only exercised social control within the Bembe clan, but also organized public dances and pre-hunting ceremonies. The large eye sockets of the faces are reminiscent of circumcision masks that symbolize a forest spirit. Patina lustrous by use. Desication cracks, erosions.
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 ...


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Masque Bembe du Bwami
African art > African mask > Masque Bembe

Large concave eye sockets, in which the globular eyelids are incised, dominate in this African mask Bembe. The horns of the forehead are born from the same base. The frightened owl would have inspired these zoomorphic characters. A rectangular mouth is incised with teeth. These masks accompanied the rituals of passage during the circumcision ceremonies of the Bwami.Patine polychrome mate.

The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch line that is believed to have left Congo in the 18th century to settle near Tanzania and Burundi. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by their neighbouring ethnic groups 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 for society ...


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Statuette Bembé
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Bembe

This female figure with a child on her shoulders is related to the rites of passage or induction. The keloid tattoos bear witness to the successive stages of the initiation to which the individual was subjected. Sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn, the almond eyes are bleached here. Extra black wood base.
Oneblis on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the ...


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Statuette Bembé Kitebi
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Bembé

This statuette embodies the spirit of an ancestor. The keloid tattoos bear witness to the successive stages of the initiation to which the individual was subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, the almond eyes are encrusted with bone.
Oneblis on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory, copper and slave trade were the main resources of ...


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Bembé Mask
African art > African mask > Bembé Mask

This African mask was used during the circumcision ritual of the Bwami society, inspired by that of the neighbors lega. Mask with large concave orbits with coffee bean pupils, reproduced in miniature on the lower area. Growths at the top, on which feathers were attached, evoke small ears or horns. Evocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in the sacred caves. Abraded velvety patina, kaolin residue. Slight cracks.
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 ...


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Buste janiforme Bembe/Boyo Kalunga
African art > African Statues > Kalunga Envelopes

Two large concave orbits house cabochon pupils surmounting a hollowed-out diamond in the mouth. The whole thing is worn by a neck widening at the base. The owl scares, to which the bembé masks also refer, would have inspired this type of sculpture made in various formats and depicting the kalunga spirit. These sculptures held by each lodge master played a role in the rituals of passage during the circumcision ceremonies of the Bwami, but also probably in fertility rites.
Clear Patine with kaolin and ochre clay residues. Cracks.
The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch line that is believed to have left Congo in the 18th century to settle near Tanzania and Burundi. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by neighbouring ethnic groups in the Lake Tanganyika region: ...


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Bembé polychrome hemma mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Bembe

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 before the hunt. A hem mask embodying the god Alunga, it has four high and wide concave orbits with a conical pupil in relief. Between the orbits a circular orifice highlighted by concentric grooves evokes the mouth. Growths at the top, on which were attached feathers, evoke small ears or horns. the circular base is also equipped with perforations in order to be able to fix the raffia adornment to conceal its wearer. A vocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in the sacred caves and it was during the feasts associated with hunting and the cults of ancestors that it was exhibited. Flat masks ...

Bembe Alunga mask
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African art > African mask > Bembe mask

This imposing hem mask is carved from four concave orbits with an elliptical diamond representing the cardinal points. Various side perforations have been fitted for the dancer's vision. A feather adornment accessorized it at the top. The circular base is also punctured in order to attach the papyrus or raffia adornment to conceal the dancer. This African mask Ibulu lya 'alunga (head of the alunga) was used during the tribal ritual of the male society Alunga , exercising social control over the clan, and responsible for public dances and ceremonies before the hunt. A vocation of a spirit of the forest, this tribal mask was preserved in the sacred caves and it was during the feasts associated with hunting and the cults of ancestors that it was exhibited. Flat masks with the same concave ...


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Bembé ancestor figure
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African art > African Statues > Statue Bembé

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
African sculpture depicting a female ancestor, she adopts the protruding scarifications on the bust and flanks, specific to Kongo cultures. Almond eyes were originally encrusted with mother-of-pearl, earthenware or pearls. The fine-tuning head offers carefully hemmed volumes. The attitude, seated in a suit, is the attitude adopted by dignitaries during interviews. Smooth, polished and sainy surface, patina alternating from golden brown to medium brown. The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch that is said to have left Congo in the 18th century. They live north of the Zaire River. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by neighbouring ethnic groups in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, Teke, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the ...


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Bembe Echawokaba hem mask
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African art > African mask > Bembe mask

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 pre-hunting ceremonies. A mask that embodies the god Alunga, it has four tall and wide concave orbits with a conical pupil in relief. Growths, on which feathers were attached, evoke small ears or horns. Its circular base is equipped with perforations in order to be able to fix the raffia adornment to conceal its wearer. Evocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in sacred caves and it was during the festivals associated with hunting and the cults of ancestors that it was exhibited. Flat masks with the same concave orbits also appeared during the circumcision ceremonies of the Bwami . Dry patina. Localized ...


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Figure of rider Bembé, Beembé
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African art > African Rider > Cavalier Bembé

br-Figure of rider on his mount. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, the almond eyes are encrusted with bone. Lack on the base. Glossy, brown and black patina. Extra black wood base on request.
Oneblis on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory, copper and slave trade were the main resources of this little-known group until colonization. The ...

Statuette Biteki Bembé
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African art > African Statues > Statuette Bembé

Female figure depicted sitting with her hands cut. The keloid tattoos bear witness to the successive stages of the initiation to which the individual was subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, the almond eyes are encrusted with bone. Miss. Light brown patina.
Socle in black wood on request.
Oneblis on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. ...


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Masque Bembe
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African art > African mask > Masque Bembe

Two large concave orbits, where incised globular eyelids allow vision, occupy the upper part of this African Bembe mask. The frightened owl would have inspired these zoomorphic characters. A small conical mouth protrudes. These masks accompanied the rituals of passage during the circumcision ceremonies of the Bwami.
Patine satin calire. Kaolin residue.
The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch that is said to have left Congo in the 18th century and settled near Tanzania and Burundi. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by their neighbouring ethnic groups in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had a Bwami association responsible for the initiation and structuring for society but while the Bwami was exclusive to the ...


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Fertility statuette Kongo /Dondo
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Fertility Rites in African Art
The strategic points of this mediating African statuette are located in the abdomen highlighted by circular scarifications and an oversized head, wearing a cap with geometric patterns. The temples are marked with checkered keloids by which, according to some african tribes, cosmic energies would be absorbed. These symbols refer to human scarifications. The patina of use, two-tone, adopted satin reflections. Presence of dessication cracks. The Vili, The Lri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Dondo/Kamba, the Yombé and the Kongo formed the Kongo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. With similar beliefs and traditions, they have produced a statuary with a ...

Bembé Echawokaba hem mask
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African art > African mask > Bembé Mask

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 before the hunt. A hem mask embodying the god Alunga, it has four high and wide concave orbits with a conical pupil in relief. Growths, on which were attached feathers, evoke small ears or horns. Its circular base is also equipped with perforations in order to be able to fix the raffia adornment to conceal its wearer. A vocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in the sacred caves and it was during the feasts associated with hunting and the cults of ancestors that it was exhibited. Flat masks with the same concave orbits also appeared during the circumcision ceremonies of the Bwami . Dry, ...


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Bembé Mask
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Carved from soft wood, this ovoid-shaped mask, with a cruciform motif, is punctuated by numerous openings as eyes, the tip of a nose barely put on is also highlighted with nasal perforations. The thick mouth is formed by a single relief lip in the shape of a pout. The raw, light wood is imbued with dark inlays and signs of use.
The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch that is said to have left Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by their neighbouring ethnic groups in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had an association bwami responsible for the initiation and structuring for society but while the bwami was exclusive among the Lega, other associations coexisted among the Bembe.
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Ritual stick Beembé, Babembé
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Ex-French African art collection.
Can of prestige, this anthropomorphic object accompanied the movements of its owner and was then recorded in the earth. Modelled on a stylized long-form female figure whose arms entwin the lower abdomen, she has a second twin face, separated by a ringed neck, wearing the conical headdress of some Babembé. The object is engraved with intersecting parallel lines, and discontinuous linear motifs evoking ethnic scarifications. Satin-used patina and particularly velvety. Residueof kaolin coatings on faces. Few cracks in desication. Settled in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembé originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo. They were under the tutelage of King ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory ...





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