SOLD / SOLD! KALUNGA Charm Amulet BEMBE Alunga talisman charm janus magical figure MC0983
KALUNGA: BEMBE CHARM
Beautiful small "magical" janiform and two-tone sculpture
According to D. Biebuyck, these sculptures would represent Alunga, a descendant of the founding ancestor of the tribe, wearer of the great helmet mask well known by the same name..... Name that their initiation society also bears
The Bembe are established in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, north of Lake Tanganyika. (Not to be confused with the Beembe who are sometimes also spelled Bembe and who are a people of the Kongo group)
They consider themselves as the descendants of the Lega to whom they are culturally close. Thus, the Bwamè of the Bembe has many points in common with the Bwami of the Lega.
ITEM TYPE: Charm, Amulet
ETHNICITY: Bembe or Pre-Bembe
ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo.
DIMENSIONS: Height 13.5 cm
For other available items
- Persona. Masks from Africa. Hidden and Revealed Identities, Anne-Marie Bouttiaux Editions 5 Continents & RMCA (Tervuren Museum)
KALUNGA: BEMBE Janus Amulet
According to D. Biebuyck, these sculptures represent Alunga, a descendant of the ancestor founder of the tribe, wearing the large mask mask well known under the same name .....
Alunga is also used to name their initiation society
At the same time, they have other secret associations such as Elunda and Alunga, whose mask helmets are well known by Congo art lovers.