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Pende Mbaangu Mask (N° 18078)

Among the Mbuya des Pende masks, this tribal mask is distinguished by its slightly deformed features, but also by the contrast of colors from which each part of the face is coated. Indeed the clear kaolin had to contrast with the red ochre coating applied to half of the mask.L. de Sousberghe identified two types of masks, minganji plant fibers, associated with male society and uya wooden masks generally related to the village, with some exceptions however. This mask would represent the cripple, deformed on a section of the face, and manifests itself during a dance mimicking an epileptic seizure, but can also metamorphose into a hunter bewitched by members of his family after refusing to share meat. It is framed, around a solid frame of wicker, a canvas on which raffia fibers form like thick hair. (Catalogue Sura dji, ed. Museum of Decorative Arts, 1982) Height on a pedestal: 37 cm.
The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer 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 rituals and circumcision mukanda, induction of the chief.

Source: Kerchache; Inventing masks Strother.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, osier, plant fibre
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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