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Cwecwe Face Mask - Wood - Bembe - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Cwecwe Face Mask – Wood – Bembe – DR Congo


Object:Cwecwe mask
Ethnic group / culture:Bembe
Region/ country:DR Congo
Period:Second half 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:31×20×10 cm
Weight:600 g

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Fine face mask from the BEMBE tribe, former Belgian Congo. This type of mask were worn during the initiation proces.
In Bwami society during circumcision ceremonies, flat face masks are worn, showing typically enlarged concave orbits and bulging coffee-bean eyes. Made out of wood and covered with phembe (white kaoliën). Overall good condition with a nice aged patina.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.