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Zoomorphic mask Mbuya jya mafuzo Pende (N° 16828)

Among the entertainment masks of the Western Pende, zoomorphic masks are worn by costumed dancers showcasing the gaits and behaviors of the animals they embody. Symbol of agility and flexibility, the antelope is represented here with half-closed eyes, nose upturned, dominated by a double line of continuous eyebrows. Patine mate.
The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have 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, 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. Eastern Pende also use animal masks for circumcision ceremonies.
Source: Kerchache, " African art, 9-0022.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyPende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height40
Width21
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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