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Pende Bwala-Bwala Mask (N° 19977)

Version of the Pende Mbangu mask, an African mask evoking the disease, with tubular pupils, the mouth indicating facial paralysis. Height on a base: 46 cm.
Asy masks " sickness" Pende Mbangu (deformed mouth) or Bwala-Bwala , illustrate, by their outraged features, the patient in an epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. The dancer wearing this comedy mask is wearing a feather hat gifuatu guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or lumbandu, a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a bump on the back, exaggerating the handicapped aspect of the character. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from 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 Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the head fumu or ufumu, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the buffoon, tundu, the possessed, etc. ( Art and Life in Africa, C.D. Roy; " Pende" Strother)  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyPende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height30
Width25
Weight1.62 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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