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Chokwe/Pende Libatory Cup (N° 14981)

This stick carved with a cephalomorphic motif, topped by a deep, thickly contoured cup, is part of the figurative insignia of the chief. This prestigious object was used for ritual libations during traditional ceremonies or for the consumption of palm wine. Brown-black satin patina, impressions of use.
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 Mbuya masks, realistic ,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.... The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji , represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation and circumcision rituals mukanda , enthronement of the chief. Source: Kerchache, "L'art africain".  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyPende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height48
Width10
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème

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