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Pende pendant Ikhokho (N° 17843)

In the Pende, the ivory or hippotam bone pendants reproduce in miniature the masks of the village and not the features of a living person, which would then be taxed as witchcraft. The soothsayer prescribed the wearing of a miniature mask in case of illness, fertility concerns, and especially in women hanging from the East who concealed it on the hips. These amulets were a symbol of resistance during the period of colonization.
The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the 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 masks Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have 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.
Source: Kerchache, African art; " Pende Strother, ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginCollection belge V.C.
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.02 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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