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Initiation mask - Wood - Bembe - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Initiation mask – Wood – Bembe – DR Congo


Object:Initiation Mask
Ethnic group / culture:Bembe
Region/ country:DR Congo
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:36×24×16 cm
Weight:850 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. Overall good condition with a nice aged patina. There a small crack visible on the backside of the mask.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium