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This type of African mask, called Echwaboga or Ibulu lya alunga, embodies a spirit of the bush among the Bembe. It is used in the framework of the company Alunga. Kept in sacred caves, it only came out during ceremonies associated with hunting, ancestor worship, or initiation of members. The Bembe attribute this traditional mask to the Bahonga, a living people of gathering and hunting, having harvested honey under the protection of this mask ...
These helmet masks or cylindrical helmets, composed of two identical faces, are the representation of an owl with which the dancers must come into contact. In addition, both faces remind us that the spirit of the mask dominates situations and is thus able to harmonize the opposing forces present in nature (Masculine / feminine, day / night ...). Beautiful authentic mask presenting exceptionally two opposite faces, says janus.
Origin : private collection, D. ClaeysDating : 1950-1960Size : 26 x 21 cmMaterial : wood
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