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Pende mask (N° 20369)

The mask on the opposite page would belong to the Kindombolo category, the perforations symbolizing a face affected by smallpox. This type of mask generally appears during festive celebrations such as after the planting of millet, manifesting itself by a vulgar and disorderly behavior. Coated with ochre, it has lowered eyelids typical of pende masks and a mouth revealing cut teeth. Its specificity also lies in details such as the high narrow forehead and bulging cheeks.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu River, while the Eastern have settled on the banks of the Kasai River downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba, and Salempasu have been imprinted on their extensive tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the realistic Mbuya masks, 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 are produced successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation and circumcision rituals mukanda ,enthronement of the chief. Source: Kerchache  

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OriginEx-collection Pernas
EthnyPende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height42
Width16
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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