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Masque heaume Pende Kipoko, Giphogo (N° 19926)

A village mask of the Eastern Pende and not of male association, the Kipoko mask (also named Mukishi wa Mutsue or Mbundju ) is a chief's mask associated with joy and thanksgiving. It is further used to close initiation ceremonies: each young initiate having to swallow a food item placed on Kipoko's circular chin strap while holding it by the ears.("Pende", Strother) Two-tone satin patina.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu River, while the Eastern have settled on the banks of the Kasai River below 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, as for them, the ancestors and are produced successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation and circumcision rituals mukanda ,enthronement of the chief.  

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OriginEx-collection allemande
EthnyPende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height49
Width37
Weight4.75 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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