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Wabembe Kalunga Helmut Mask

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The Bembe, Buyu, and Lega share traditions as hunters, as well as socio-religious associations such as the Bwami grade society. Initiations in the male Alunga association were marked by the appearance of a masquerader in a spherical helmet mask of abstract conception. Carved from a single block...

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April, 1976, sold by Jean Bonvin, Burundi, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1992, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1992)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Bembe peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo,

Object Place for Label

Lake Tangayi, Zaire


35.56 x 33.02 cm (14 x 13 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, pigments


Africa and Oceania