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Pende Mbangu Mask (N° 21270)

Deformity in African tribal art .
The "disease" masks Pende Mbangu illustrate, by their deformed features, the patient in epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. In many tribal cultures, however, epilepsy is seen as a divine seal on an individual who is able to communicate with the spiritual world in this way. The dancer who wears this comedy mask wears a hat made of feathers gifuatu of guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or the lumbandu , a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a hump on the back, exaggerating then the handicapped appearance of the character. A hat composed of a basketry frame trimmed with raffia caps the face, itself lined with canvas. Matt patina. Indigenous restorations. Height on base : 42 cm. br>  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyPende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height30
Width16
Weight0.65 Kg
Socle includedYes

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