Lot: 31

Anthropo-zoomorphic face mask

D. R. Congo, Bembe (Eastern) - Goma

Provenance Size Hammer price
Lempertz, Brussels, 25 March 1992, Lot 210
German Private Collection
H: 12.6 inch 2500 EUR

wood, kaolin, camwood powder,

These masks are said to have been used during "eluba ya butende" circumcision rites or the subsequent initiation rites. The mask combines features of the owl ("cwecwe") with human features and antelope horns.


Marc Leo Felix (ed.), "Congo Masks", New Haven, London, Hong Kong, 2018, p. 276 ff.

ADHRC: 0014941