African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Pende Mask

Pende Mask (N° 27586) Deposit sale

African Pende Mbangu “disease” masks, also called Bwala-Bwala, exaggerate the symptoms of disorders such as epilepsy or facial paralysis, often attributed to witchcraft practices. These comical masks are worn by dancers who wear hats decorated with guinea fowl, coucal or turaco feathers, sometimes even lumbandu, a crown of leaves. Often decorated with a hump on the back, these masks accentuate the disabled appearance of the character. Originating from the upper Kwango region, Pende masks are distinguished by their angled noses, their distorted mouths, as well as their areas of contrasting colors, with a distinctive semi-matte patina.
The Western Pende live along the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream of Tshikapa. Their rich artistic tradition is influenced by neighboring ethnic groups such as the Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu. Within this diversity, Mbuya masks, made every ten years, take on a festive function and embody a variety of characters, including the fumu or ufumu chief, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the tundu jester, the possessed, and many others.  

Possibility of payment in 2x (2x 140.0 €)

This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost

OriginEx-collection néerlandaise.
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia, fibre végétale
Height cm39
Width18 cm
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

You could also be interested by these items

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts

You have question on this item ? contact us

Previously viewed items
African art - Pende Mask
African art  - 

© 2024 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100
visa Master CardPaypal