African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Pende mask
Mask of hut of reduced format, produced by the Pende of Kasai, it is named minyangi. Its geometric forms are raised with blackened details.
Matt, velvety patina. Erosions.
Height on base: 42 cm.
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... The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, ...