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Pendé Minganji Mask (N° 12118)
Ex-collection Belgian African Art
The Western Pende live on the banks of Kwilu, while the Orientals settled on the banks of Kasaï downstream of Tshikapa.The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted themselves on their large tribal art sculpture, and 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 like our copy, represent for their part the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, rituals d initiation and circumcision mukanda, enthronement of the chief Source: Kerchache This abstract mask inspiring the fear of the villagers must be seen from afar and does not appear until the end of the day, renfo Its mysterious character has two horns and a triangular face with eyebrows in the heart and half-closed almond eyes. Its surface is brushed with brownish red bark powder, in contrast with the rest of the object covered with a brown patina. Erosions and localized deficiencies.