I only know of one other copy, the ultra-famous Bembe circumciser mask from the Mestach collection, Illustrated in "Masks in Congo" pages 268-269 cat 091, in "Face of the Spirits" page 245 and drawn in the Handbook "100 people" page 11 ill 8
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. At the same time, there are other secret associations like theElundaand theAlunga,of which
ITEM TYPE: Mask ETHNICITY: Bembe. ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo.
MATERIAL: Wood. DIMENSIONS: Height 27 cm CONDITION: Fair - Poor The mask has unfortunately undergone a restoration
- Masks in Congo, Viviane Baeke, Baeke, Arthur Bourgeois, Kellim Brown, David Binkley, Rik Ceyssens, Marc Leo Felix, Pol Pierre Gossiaux, Manuel Jordanl, Constantin Petridis, Zoë Stroher, Julien Volper, Pan Yanqin. Edition Marc Leo Felix, 2016
- 100 peoples of Zaire and their sculpture. The handbook for collectors, scholars and students, Marc Leo Felix, Brussels: Zaire Basin Art History Research Foundation, 1987
- Face of the Spirits; Masks from the Zaire Basin, Frank Herreman, Constantijn Petridis
- The Babembe Leopard Bwame (Kivu-Congo), Pol-Pierre Gossiaux, ULG 2000-2006
Extremely rare BEMBE initiation mask (M'cwe Wa Wondolomina)
Beautiful initiation mask with 4 eyes
I only know of another example, the ultra-famous Bembe circumciser's mask from the Mestach collection, Illustrated in "Masks in Congo" pages 268-269 cat 091, in "Face of the Spirits" page 245 and drawn in the "100 people" Handbook page 11 Fig. 8
The Bembe are based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, north of Lake Tanganyika.(Do not confuse them with the Beembe who sometimes also spell Bembe and who are a people of the Kongo group)
They see themselves as the descendants of the Lega of which they are culturally close.The Bwamé of the Bembe has much in common with the Bwami of the Lega At the same time, they have other secret associations such as Elunda and Alunga, whose mask helmets are well known by Congo art lovers.
TYPE OF OBJECT: Mask.
ETHNIC GROUP: Bembe.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Democratic Republic Congo
DIMENSIONS: About 10 3/4 inches high.
CONDITION: Medium - Bad The mask has unfortunately has been restored Please have a look on the last 2 pictures.