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Pende mask (N° 22629) Deposit sale

The African mask panya ngombe is associated, for the Pende, with the wild buffalo.
The larger copies were intended to be hung in the chief's hut.
Triangular, offering long slit eyelids lodged under heart-shaped eyebrows, this mask has oblique ears accentuating its "V" shape. The triangular decorative motifs form a recurrence in the sculpted works of the Pende.
Matte polychrome patina, small accidents, erosions.
Height on base: 41 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern ones have settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the Mbuya masks produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, tundu, the possessed, etc... The Mbuya initiation masks linked to the mukanda initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, rituals of initiation and mukanda circumcision, enthronement of the chief.  


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Origincollection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm24
Width38 cm
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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