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Babemba means the people of the lake. The Bembas settled mostly in northeast of Zambia and the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Bemba mask goes with the circumcision of the bwamis. It consisted of dances, songs, and the handling of objects. Those initiated would use figures sculpted from elephant tusks or wood, wooden masks, as emblems of the highest levels, a stool or an anthropomorphic figurine. The initiation in the elanda male society ends with the appearance of the Bemba Mask, and the viewing of it was forbidden to the non-initiated. I really do not know how old this mask is, wether it is from 1920 or 1970. I bought it at an auction. 43 centimeter [16.9 inches] long and 25 centimeter [9.8 inches] wide.
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