220716 - African Bembe mask - Congo.
Finely crafted African Bembe mask, Congo.
Hand carved from a single piece of wood, with color pigments.
Heights: 36 cm.
The Bembe are an ethnic and linguistic group based in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and western Tanzania. In 1991 the Bembe population of the DRC was estimated to number 252,000 and around 1.5 million in 2005.
A semi-nomadic people, who often settled in forest environments, the Bembe tended to abandon their small villages as the soil became less fertile. The women cultivated the crops and the men hunted and fished.