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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.


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 ...

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

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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Bembé ancestor figure
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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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 ...

Ancestral Bembé/Bassikasingo Statue
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African statues, funerary art.

This sacred effigy of deceased village chief, this tribal art statue has a bulbous abdomen on which rest his hands.The headdress, high and round, was composed of a coil of braids. A magical ritual charge is inserted to facilitate contact with the spirits.The face remains emblematic of the regional style.The lower limbs bent, short and stocky, are hidden under a worn loincloth.The piece was subjected to several ritual samples , which can be seen through the orifices in the wood Dark brown patina satin.Migration flows have mixed within the same territories Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. by some, such as a Buyu sub-clan, however, they are not of Bembe origin, since Biebuyck's works have enabled their history to be traced. ...





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