Lot 274: A fine Bembe Initiation mask

A fine Bembe Initiation mask, Bembe; D.R. Congo

The mask probably used as a hut mask in initiation ceremonies, with classical Bembe face with huge ocular orbits, likely in imitation of an owl, the tapering face with elongated narrow nose and tiny mouth, the whole with incised lozenge shapes. Fine patina and signs of age and use. H. 13"

Property of a New York Private Collector

Field collected by Rev. Lawson Mooney; Director of Catholic Aid Agencies, Congo, C. 1950's - 1960's.
Ex. Adelman collection, DC
Ex. Gelbard collection, NY

Estimate: $700 - $900

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