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Goma Butende mask (N° 20886)

Influenced by the Bembe, the Goma produced masks with large, often bleached orbits. This flat African mask, associated with the initiation and circumcision rituals of the Butende, has ears that evoke the barn owl. Missing on the lower rim. Cracks of desiccation. Two-tone oiled patina. Height on base : 28 cm. The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch that left the Congo in the 18th century to settle near Tanzania and Burundi. Their society and artistic tendencies are marked by the influence of their neighboring ethnic groups in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, the Goma, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had a Bwami association responsible for initiation and structuring the society, but if the Bwami was exclusive among the Lega, other "bukabo" or "buhabo" associations coexisted among the Bembe, such as the Elanda and Alunga societies.  

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OriginEx-collection art tribal belge
EthnyGoma
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height20
Width14
Weight0.27 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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