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Pende Mbangu Mask (N° 17265)

The masks of disease Pende Mbangu (deformed mouth) or Bwala-Bwala , illustrate, by their outraged features, the patient in an epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. The dancer wearing this comedy mask is wearing a feather hat gifuatu guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or lumbandu, a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a bump on the back, exaggerating the handicapped aspect of the character. This Mask of Pende established in Upper Kwango is distinguished by its bent nose and a deformed mouth. It is also enhanced with contrasting colors, here faintly perceptible. The hairstyle composed of vegetable fibers and raw canvas is made around a frame of basketry. Abrasions. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the head fumu or ufumu, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the buffoon, tundu, the possessed, etc. ( Art and Life in Africa, C.D. Roy; Pende Strother)  

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Originex-collection allemande
Material(s)wood, plant fibre, textile
Weight3.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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