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Pende Mbuya Mask (N° 19177)

Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
This African initiation mask, Mbuya, comes from the Western Pende, whose Yaka influence is noticeable by the slightly rolled up nose. Endowed with wide drooping eyelids, it reminds us of the Pende's custom of not staring at the eyes in public. This African Pende mask wears a headdress made of canvas and raffia fribres, and a goatee. Total height on adapted base: 39 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu have been imprinted on their large sculpture of tribal art. Within this diversity, the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, the possessed, etc... The Mbuya initiation masks linked to the initiation, the mukanda, and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, mukanda initiation and circumcision rituals, enthronement of the chief. ( Art and Life in Africa, C.D. Roy )  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm25
Width16 cm
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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