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Tribal art - Bembe:

The Bembe are a Kongo ethnic group living in the south of the DRC, in the department of Bouenza. They are more or less 80,000 established in this region. Some groups are also present in northern Angola and northwestern DRC. The Bembe sculpt small statuettes representing ancestors, fetishes with abdominal scarification.


Bembe mask
Tribal art > African mask > Bembe mask

Ex. Mercier African art collection.
A flat volume on which large concave orbits have been carved with incised almond-shaped eyelids, constitutes this African tribal mask of the Bembe. The frightened owl would have inspired these zoomorphic characters. These masks accompanied the rituals of passage during the Bwami's circumcision ceremonies. This very ancient mask is distinguished by its exceptional inlaid patina, formed of locally abraded granular underlayers. Height on base: 53 cm.
The Bembe ethnic group is a branch of the Luba 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 region of Lake Tanganyika, the Lega, the Buyu, etc.. Indeed, ...


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Statuette Bembé, Bwendé
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Tribal art > African Statues > Fetish Bembe

Balanced volumes and harmonious proportions for this statuette embodying the spirit of a female ancestor. The keloid tattoos bear witness to the successive stages of the initiation to which the individual was subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, the almond eyes are encrusted with bone. Beautiful glossy chocolate patina. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela ...


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Bembe Kalunga fetish tabouret
Tribal art > African Chair > Bembe Seat

Preserved in the hut of the karunga society, or Alunga, this circular seat with a handle is carved with large orbits evoking the spirit of the Kalunga forest. They also appear on circumcision masks. The society not only exercised social control within the Bembe clan, but also organized public dances and pre-hunting ceremonies. Many abrasions of use. Desication cracks, erosions.
The Bembe is a Luba branch line that is believed to have left Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by their neighbours in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had an association bwami responsible for initiation and structuring for society but while the bwami was exclusive to the Lega, other associations coexisted among ...


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Bembé ivory statuette
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Tribal art > Antique Ivories, African ivory statuette > Ivory Bembe

Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Beembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory, copper and slave trade were the main resources of this little-known group until colonization. The village manager, nga-bula, was in charge of interceding with the ancestors. Hunting being a major activity, ancestors were invoked through statuettes. These idealized representations of ancestors, kitebi ...


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Couple of large Bembe statues
Tribal art > African Statues > Couple of large Bembe statues

Ex Belgian tribal art collection.

This pair of bembe statues impresses by its dimensions. It is about a couple. The man holds a knife and a miniature head covered with kaolin while the woman holds a child on her arm, also covered with kaolin.
Both large figures have a relatively crusty reddish patina. Both wear black ornaments, such as bracelets. They wear a hemispherical headdress topped with a white growth.
The features of the faces are also demarcated from the patina using black pigment, as are the genitals. Bembe statuary has the particularity of highlighting the genitals, especially the male ones, sometimes in surrealist proportions.

The Bembe ethnic group is a Luba branch that left the Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendencies ...


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Bembé Echawokaba miniature hem mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Mask

Reduced version of the large heaume mask ecwabuka (big head) used during the tribal ritual of the male society Kalunga , Alunga , exercising social control over the clan, and responsible for public dances and ceremonies before the hunt. A hem mask embodying the god Alunga, it usually has four large and large concave orbits with a conical pupil in relief. Here he forms a stylized face framed by ears. These objects with apotropaic virtues were the property of every lodgemaster in society.
Satin dry patina. Localized abrasions, very beautiful patina. The Bembe is a Luba branch that is said to have left Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by their neighbours in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe ...

Bembé hem mamy mask
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This African mask was used during the tribal ritual of the male society Kalunga , Alunga , exercising social control over the clan, and responsible for public dances and ceremonies before the hunt. A hem mask embodying the god Alunga, it has four high and wide concave orbits with a conical pupil in relief. Between the orbits a small orifice highlighted by concentric grooves indicates the mouth. Growths at the top, on which were attached feathers, evoke small ears or horns. The circular base is also equipped with perforations in order to be able to fix the raffia adornment to conceal the wearer. A vocation of a spirit of the forest, this mask was preserved in the sacred caves and it was during the feasts associated with hunting and the cults of ancestors that it was exhibited. Flat masks ...


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