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BEMBE Zoomorphic Owl Mask Congo DRC African Tribal Art 1150
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Description
CONGO DRC
BEMBE Zoomorphic Owl mask
Called "Eluba ya butende na cwecwe" or "Emangungu" these masks were worn during the initiation rites of young people.
"The animal that dominates the heights of the forest, the master of death, is the owl (cwecwe: generic term). this mask will protect, in particular, circumcised batende against poisonous eyes of wizards" (PP Gossiaux, page 19)
The Bembe are based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, north of Lake Tanganyika. (Do not confuse them with the Beembe who sometimes also spell Bembe and who are a people of the Kongo group)
They see themselves as the descendants of the Lega of which they are culturally close. The Bwamé of the Bembe has much in common with the Bwami of the Lega
At the same time, they have other secret associations such as Elunda and Alunga, whose mask helmets are well known by Congo art lovers.
Characteristics:

TYPE OF OBJECT: Mask.
ETHNICAL GROUP: Bembe.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Democratic Republic Congo
(ex Zaïre, ex Belgian Congo). Maniema Prov.
MATERIAL: Wood.
DIMENSIONS: About 11 1/2 inches high
CONDITION: Bad
Please have a look on pictures.
The base is NOT included

Bibliographie - Bibliography

- LE BWAME DU LEOPARD DES BABEMBE (KIVU-CONGO), POL-PIERRE GOSSIAUX, ULG 2000-2006
- MASKS IN CONGO, VIVIANE BAEKE, BAEKE, ARTHUR BOURGEOIS, KELLIM BROWN, DAVID BINKLEY, RIK CEYSSENS, MARC LEO FELIX, POL PIERRE GOSSIAUX, MANUEL JORDANL, CONSTANTIN PETRIDIS, ZOE STROHER, JULIEN VOLPER, PAN YANQIN. EDITION MARC LEO FELIX, 2016 PAGES 274 & 275
- 100 PEOPLES OF ZAIRE AND THEIR SCULPTURE. THE HANDBOOK FOR COLLECTORS, SCHOLARS AND STUDENTS, MAR LEO FELIX, BRUXELLES: ZAIRE BASIN ART HISTORY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, 1987 PAGE 33
- "MASQUES D'AFRIQUE" , WILLIAM FAGG, FERNAND NATHAN, 1980
- PERSONA. MASQUES D'AFRIQUE. IDENTITES CACHEES ET REVELEES, ANNE-MARIE BOUTTIAUX EDITIONS 5 CONTINENTS & RMCA (MUSEE DE TERVUREN)
-

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    Description
    ...
    CONGO DRC
    BEMBE Zoomorphic Owl mask
    Called "Eluba ya butende na cwecwe" or "Emangungu" these masks were worn during the initiation rites of young people.
    "The animal that dominates the heights of the forest, the master of death, is the owl (cwecwe: generic term). this mask will protect, in particular, circumcised batende against poisonous eyes of wizards" (PP Gossiaux, page 19)
    The Bembe are based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, north of Lake Tanganyika. (Do not confuse them with the Beembe who sometimes also spell Bembe and who are a people of the Kongo group)
    They see themselves as the descendants of the Lega of which they are culturally close. The Bwamé of the Bembe has much in common with the Bwami of the Lega
    At the same time, they have other secret associations such as Elunda and Alunga, whose mask helmets are well known by Congo art lovers.
    Characteristics:

    TYPE OF OBJECT: Mask.
    ETHNICAL GROUP: Bembe.
    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Democratic Republic Congo
    (ex Zaïre, ex Belgian Congo). Maniema Prov.
    MATERIAL: Wood.
    DIMENSIONS: About 11 1/2 inches high
    CONDITION: Bad
    Please have a look on pictures.
    The base is NOT included

    Bibliographie - Bibliography

    - LE BWAME DU LEOPARD DES BABEMBE (KIVU-CONGO), POL-PIERRE GOSSIAUX, ULG 2000-2006
    - MASKS IN CONGO, VIVIANE BAEKE, BAEKE, ARTHUR BOURGEOIS, KELLIM BROWN, DAVID BINKLEY, RIK CEYSSENS, MARC LEO FELIX, POL PIERRE GOSSIAUX, MANUEL JORDANL, CONSTANTIN PETRIDIS, ZOE STROHER, JULIEN VOLPER, PAN YANQIN. EDITION MARC LEO FELIX, 2016 PAGES 274 & 275
    - 100 PEOPLES OF ZAIRE AND THEIR SCULPTURE. THE HANDBOOK FOR COLLECTORS, SCHOLARS AND STUDENTS, MAR LEO FELIX, BRUXELLES: ZAIRE BASIN ART HISTORY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, 1987 PAGE 33
    - "MASQUES D'AFRIQUE" , WILLIAM FAGG, FERNAND NATHAN, 1980
    - PERSONA. MASQUES D'AFRIQUE. IDENTITES CACHEES ET REVELEES, ANNE-MARIE BOUTTIAUX EDITIONS 5 CONTINENTS & RMCA (MUSEE DE TERVUREN)
    -

    Reserve: $250.00

    Shipping:
  • Domestic: Flat-rate of $35.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.
  • International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination. International shipping may be subject to VAT.
  • Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.
  • Location: This item ships from Belgium

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    Photos, descriptions, and estimates were prepared with the utmost care by a fully certified expert and appraiser. All items in this sale are guaranteed authentic.

    In the rare event that the item did not conform to the lot description in the sale, Jasper52 specialists are here to help. Buyers may return the item for a full refund provided you notify Jasper52 within 5 days of receiving the item.
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