Two-headed Echwaboga mask of the Alunga society - Bembe - Congo - SOLD

The African mask Echwaboga of the company Alunga in the art of Bembe

Among the Bembé, this helmet mask called Echwaboga, used in the Alunga society, embodies a spirit of the bush. It was kept in a cave and was only released during rites funerary or initiatic. Cylindrical helmet composed of janiform faces, with very large geometrical eyes representing those of the owl, totemic animal to which is dedicated the mask and the dance. The Echwaboga must harmonize the day-night duality, well-bad. This beautiful, authentic mask has been sold by our tribal art gallery.

Origin : private collection, P. Vandenbergh, BelgiumDating : 1950Size : 57 x 23 cmMaterials : wood, feathers

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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