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Pende double mask (N° 19211)

Among the Mbuya des Pende masks, this tribal mask stands out thanks to its two faces attached. L. de Sousberghe identified two types of masks, minganji plant fibers, associated with male society and mbuya wooden masks generally related to the village, with some exceptions however. The spendents 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
EthnyPende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width32
Weight1.70 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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