Mask (1) - Wood - masque - Bembe - Congo

Description
Mask (1) - Wood - masque - Bembe - Congo
mid 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Beautiful zoomorphic circumcision owl mask - GOMA -BEMBE.
Called ‘Eluba ya butende na cwecwe’, these masks used to be worn during the circumcision rites of young men.

‘The animal dominating the heights of the forest, master of death, is the owl’ (cwecwe: generic term). Its mask will particularly protect the circumcised batende from the poisonous gaze of sorcerers.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
masque
Ethnic group/ culture
Bembe
Region/ country
Congo
Material
Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
13×27×27 cm
Weight
420 g
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