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Pende statue (N° 20400)

Most of the pende statues were part of a fertility cult and were kept in a room in the chief's house. However, the purpose of this one is unknown to us. In the category of the most unlikely sculptures, this female figure frozen in a complex gesture, perched on a pedestal, is topped with buns that probably contain a therapeutic or magical ritual charge.

Cracks of desiccation, abrasions.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba, and Salempasu have been imprinted on their extensive tribal art sculpture. 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.... As for the initiation masks and those of power, the minganji, they represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation and circumcision rituals mukanda, enthronement of the chief. The Pende have sculptures intended to make contact with the ancestors, to whom sacrifices are offered.  

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OriginEx-collection Pernas
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile
Height cm92
Width25 cm
Weight6.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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