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Pende mask (N° 22512)

Marked with cup-shaped ears and a prominent mouth, this African mask for initiation, Mbuya has heavy lowered eyelids referring to the Pende custom of not staring eyes in public. This African Pendé mask is divided into ranges of barely contrasting hues, on which a pastillage could evoke an illness.
Partially damaged raffia trim.
Total height on base: 32 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern ones have settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salampasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the Mbuya masks, realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief fumu or ufumu , the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, tundu, the possessed, etc... The Mbuya initiation masks linked to the initiation mukanda and those of power, the minganji, meanwhile, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, rituals of initiation and mukanda circumcision, enthronement of the chief. (Art and Life in Africa, C.D. Roy)  

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OriginRécolté in-situ 1997
EthnyPende
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm22
Width13 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Socle includedYes

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