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Mask Pende Mbangu (N° 16673)

Deformity in African art.
The masks of illness" Pende Mbangu illustrate, by their distorted features, the patient in epileptic seizures or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. In many tribal cultures, however, epilepsy would be seen as a divine seal on an individual capable of communicating in this way with the spiritual world. The dancer who wears this comedy mask is wearing a feathered hat gifuatu guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or lumbandu , a crown of leaves. It is also often fitted with a bump on the back, exaggerating the handicapped appearance of the character. Wearing this mask, a thick fabric of raffia is lined with a braid of plant fibers and knotted at the edges of the forehead.
Patine mate. Cracks. Xylophage prints.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners 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 mbuyamasks , realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the leader fumu or ufumu, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, tundu, the possessed, etc.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyPende
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, fibres de raphia
Height35
Width17
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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