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Pendé Ritual Fetish (N° 13840)

Estimated in the auction room between 500 and 700 euros, this cup forming the base of the bust of this statuette has a matte surface accompanied by grainy inlays. It attests to a use intended for therapeutic or magic preparations. This object, probably belonging to the soothsayer, has a patina that has been glossed up by the gripping and ritual anointings, revealing a beautiful mahogany wood under the blackish bed-enceding. The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the oriental 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 masks Mbuya , realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc. The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation rituals and circumcision mukanda, induction of the chief. Governed by heads of family, the jogo, with priestly function, the Pende undergo various initiations that prepare them for adult life, including that of circumcision. Their sculptures, intended to come into contact with the ancestors, are stored in a room or house adjoining that of the chef. Source: Kerchache , and "Pende", Z.S.Strother  

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Originex-collection Cordier
EthnyPende
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height21
Width8
Weight0.43 Kg
Estimated datingdébut xx°

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