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Pende Mask (N° 16670)
Ex-collection French African art.
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The Loange River separates the Eastern Pende from the Tschokwe Territories. Nevertheless, the presence of Tschokwe cruciform markers on this Pende-looking mask proves the influence of neighbouring clans. The lowered eyelids also recall the traditional prohibition for the Pende to stare in public. Matte polychrome skate, abraded.
Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Oriental 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, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc. The initiation masks 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.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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