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Pende Pumbu Facial Mask (N° 14468)

The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the oriental 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 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.
Dressed in four movable wooden horns, gloved with red fabric and decorated with curouris, this face has an raised eyebrow edge over the broad, lowered eyelids associated with the rules of conduct that prohibit men from hanging their gaze in public. Women, on the other hand, are also represented with a half-closed-eyed look, considered particularly attractive zanze. Mask-coloured with matte dark red pigments, abrasions revealing a light wood. (Strother) Source: "African art" Kerchache  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyPende
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height50
Depth17
Width28
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe
Socle includedYes

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