Bembe Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
height 11 1/4in (29cm)
Henri Kamer, Paris & New York
Pace Primitive, New York, NY
Private Collection, New York
Evan Maurer and Niangi Batulukisi categorized Bembe art into "three principal stylistic tendencies: the ancient style, the classical style, and the concave/abstract style...
...The concave or abstract style is primarily seen in masks, some figures with two or more faces, and miniature mask pendants. There works of great simplicity are highly artistic and decorative. The tricoloration of red, black, and white is mandatory for the style. The face is hollow and often abstract. The eyes are inscribed in large concave circular orbits and occupy most of the facial surface." Spirits Embodies: Art of the Congo, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, 1999