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Pende Giphogo mask (N° 20508)

Mask of hut of reduced format, produced by the Pende of Kasai, it is named minyangi. Its geometric forms are raised with blackened details.
Matt, velvety patina. Erosions.
Height on base: 42 cm.

The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from 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 the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies , agricultural festivals, initiation and circumcision rituals mukanda, enthronement of the chief. Governed by family chiefs, the d jogo, with a priestly function, the Pende undergo various initiations that prepare them for adult life, including that of circumcision. Their sculptures, intended to make contact with the ancestors, are stored in a room or house adjoining that of the chief.
br> Source: "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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Originex-collection portugaise
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.44 Kg
Socle includedYes

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