Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
Mask says Panya Ngombe marking the right to receive fees from subordinate chiefs following circumcision rituals. This mask became flatter over time to fit the door of the chieftain's hut. Matt patina.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern Pende have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu were imprinted on their large sculpture of tribal art. Within this diversity, the realistic masks Mbuya, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc.... The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, rituals of initiation and circumcision mukanda, enthronement of the chief.
Litt. Pende" Strother, ed. 5Continents.
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