Bembe Echwaboga helmet mask - SOLD OUT

This powerful and imposing African helmet represents a spirit of the forest. It was worn during the rites of the Alunga society. Helmet masks of this type among the Bembe were always janus, featuring two pairs of large eyes encrusted with red and white pigment. They were kept in a sacred cave. It only went out during ceremonies associated with hunting and ancestor worship.

This traditional helmet is in superb condition and shows signs of use, both inside and out. It comes from the collection of Mr. Mongu who collected it himself in the Democratic Republic of Congo during one of his many expeditions to his country of origin.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1940
Size
37 cm
Ethnic group
Bembe
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Mongu private collection, Belgium
Condition
Excellent

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