Lot 247: An old Bembe mask

DR Congo
H: 22"
The mask with typical Bembe features to the upper half with wide ocular orbits and small nose above a second face different eyes and a protruding mouth. Probably a hut mask used in initiation. Remains of the woven string that once held feathers that completely encircled the perimeter. Some losses from insect damage. Fine and rare mask. On a custom base.

Collected in Congo prior to 1970 by Lawson Mooney, former Director of Catholic Aid Agencies; Dr. Kenneth Adelman, former US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, and one time member of USAID, Zaire, c. 1975; A NY Private collection.

Price Realized: $200

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