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Pende whistle (N° 22578)

This type of object-talisman, worn as a pendant, was used during collective hunts, in order to alert his team or his dog, in order to direct the prey towards a goal. The whistle was modulated by the lateral appendage. The success of the hunts was indeed ensured by specialists thanks to a wide variety of ritual objects.
Dark oiled patina.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu 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, 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, "African Art"; "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix

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OriginEx-collection belge LVL
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm19
Width6 cm
Weight0.26 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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