BEMBE STYLE MASKS ARCHIVES Style Mask


The masks below are all SOLD and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

For unsold Bembe masks  GO TO BEMBE STYLE MASKS PAGE

 

Bembe Style
Mask 1
48" high
SOLD

 

Bembe Style
Mask 18
14.5" high
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 45
19.5 " high
SOLD


Bembe Style
Mask 2
31" SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 3
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 6
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 7
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 8
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 9
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 10
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 12
SOLD

 Bembe Style
Mask 13
SOLD

 Bembe Style
Mask 15
SOLD

  Bembe Style
Mask 16
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 17
SOLD

 Bembe Style
Mask 19
SOLD

  Bembe Style
Mask 20
SOLD

 Bembe Style
Mask 21
SOLD

 Bembe Style
Mask 24
SOLD

 Bembe Style
Mask 25
SOLD

  Bembe Style
Mask 26
SOLD

  Bembe Style
Mask 27
SOLD

 Bembe Style
Mask 28
SOLD

 Bembe Style
Mask 29
SOLD

  Bembe Style
Mask 30
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 32
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 33
SOLD

Bembe Style
Mask 35
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

Traditional masks and headdresses of the eastern Bembe people of the DRC (formerly Zaire) are recognizable for their concave, cupped orbits around the bulging "coffee-bean" eyes, the masks take several hauntingly beautiful forms.

Elanda masks, from the Elanda male association, most often have a rounded top and a flat bottom, with a spiritual, mysterious, but human face. Some with rounded faces are similar, but those with pointed beak-like chins and small tufts or horns represent bird or animal spirits. Several have multiple sets of eyes, one or two functioned as ceremonial shields.

The second major type are the Kalunga helmet masks, more abstract in form, which represented bush spirits. They were kept in secrecy and brought out for public dances and ceremonies. To aid in their protective power, they had at least two faces and often four.

Neighbors of the Lega people, Bembe men and women share membership in their Bwami asociation, through which members rise through a lifetime of social and ethical deeds.

Although wonderfully carved, most of these Bembe masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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