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Bembe  (Wabembe), formally Zaire, now Congo. Wood, pigments.

height 13 1/2"

This mask has two (2) shield - like concave oval white eyes with slits, and a hint of more eyes - hidden. Western collectors find this mask interesting, perhaps because of its shield - like elements referencing a warrior.

But old Africans would also have reverenced a mask such as this because of the belief that with more eyes, the mask would have been even more clairvoyant.

Warrior mask.

Ezn. 100

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