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The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu River, while the Eastern Pende have settled on the banks of the Kasai River below Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, have been imprinted on their extensive tribal art sculpture.


Pende Mask
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The African masks of "illness", Pende Mbangu (deformed mouth) or Bwala-Bwala, illustrate, by their outraged features, the patient in epilepsy crisis or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. The dancer who wears this comedy mask is wearing a feathered hat made of gifuatu of guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or of lumbandu, a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a bump on the back, exaggerating the handicapped aspect of the character. This mask of the Pende established in the Upper Kwango is distinguished by its bent nose and a deformed mouth. It is divided into areas of contrasting colors. Semi-matt patina.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The ...


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Deformity in tribal art The Pende Mbangu "sickness" masks illustrate, by their deformed features, the patient in epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. In many tribal cultures, however, epilepsy is seen as a divine seal on an individual who is able to communicate with the spiritual world in this way. The dancer who wears this comedy mask wears a hat made of feathers gifuatu of guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or the lumbandu , a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a hump on the back, exaggerating then the handicapped appearance of the character. A hat composed of a basketry frame trimmed with raffia caps the face, itself lined with canvas. Matt patina. Height on base: 31 cm. br> The Western Pende live on the banks of ...


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Called Kiwoyo at the East Pende, Giwoyo ch those of the Centre, this African mask still endowed with his hairstyle and extended with a chin strap was worn in a cap over a soft hat, tumba . Most of the masks of the Central Pende, sculpted by the dancers, were worn tilted on the forehead, to be seen in profile. Originally associated with the deceased lying on his diaper, this mask was associated with funeral rituals. Nowadays he participates in peaceful and festive ceremonies. The spendents 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, ...


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Called Kiwoyo among the Eastern Pende, Giwoyo among the Central Pende, this African mask with a chin strap was worn as a cap over a soft hat. Most of the masks of the Pende du Centre, sculpted by the dancers, were worn inclined on the forehead, to be contemplated in profile. Originally associated with the deceased lying on his bed, this mask was associated with funeral rituals. Nowadays it is used in peaceful and festive ceremonies.


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Called Kiwoyo with the Eastern Pende, Giwoyo ch those of the Centre, this African mask still with its accessories and extended with a chin strap was worn in a cap over a soft hat, tumba . Most of the masks of the Central Pende, sculpted by the dancers, were worn tilted on the forehead, to be seen in profile. Originally associated with the deceased lying on his diaper, this mask was associated with funeral rituals. Nowadays he participates in peaceful and festive ceremonies. The spendents 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, ...


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Headrest Pende
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A pende-type neck rest whose curved support is supported by two caryatid figures carved according to the conventions of use. They adopt the famous half-closed gaze, and a singular posture. Two-tone patina, small losses and cracks.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influence of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu is 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, and occur successively during ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation rituals and circumcision mukanda, enthronement of the chief. Governed by ...


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Pende Figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Pende Figure

Statuette featuring a dancer from the Pende Minganji masquerade from Zaire, wearing his full raffia fishnet costume. Léon de Sousberghe identified two types of masks, the minganji associated with male society and the mbuya masks associated with the village, with a few exceptions.
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 ...


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Among the range of African Masks of Mbuya initiation from the Pende, the mask of the "fool" or jester, Tundu, offers deformed features under a wrinkled forehead characterizing uncontrollable emotions.
Slightly ocher brown patina. Abrasions. Height on base: 44 cm.
The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the eastern people have settled on the banks of the Kasai 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 that are difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the ...


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Pende mask
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Marked with cup-shaped ears and a prominent mouth, this African mask for initiation, Mbuya has heavy lowered eyelids referring to the Pende custom of not staring eyes in public. This African Pendé mask is divided into ranges of barely contrasting hues, on which a pastillage could evoke an illness.
Partially damaged raffia trim.
Total height on base: 32 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern ones have settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salampasu 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, ...


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Pende mask
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The African mask panya ngombe is associated, for the Pende, with the wild buffalo.
The larger copies were intended to be hung in the chief's hut.
Triangular, offering long slit eyelids lodged under heart-shaped eyebrows, this mask has oblique ears accentuating its "V" shape. The triangular decorative motifs form a recurrence in the sculpted works of the Pende.
Matte polychrome patina, small accidents, erosions.
Height on base: 41 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern ones have 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 produced ...


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African mask of initiation, Mbuya, with deep notched eyelids, an upturned nose, and a narrow mouth revealing the upper dentition. Around a hooping of basketry, a canvas of raffia supports fibers arranged like hair. Two-tone satin patina. Height on base: 45 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern ones have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influence of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu is imprinted on their large sculpture of tribal art. Within this diversity, the Mbuya masks, realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters that are difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner ...


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Pende Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Pende Statue

African sculpture depicting a woman wearing the mask of a nganga diviner named Ngombo.
Slight erosions and desication cracks.
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 ...


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Pende whistle
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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 ...


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Calyx Pende
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Cephalomorphic cup with a long handle, among the prestigious insignia of the Pende. The lower part of the face, as if swollen, gradually joins the neck. A discreet point is enough to indicate the chin. The upturned nose softens the sketchy features where small holes show teeth, pupils and nostrils. A hairstyle is outlined, disappearing behind the horseshoe ears.
Satin black brown patina. Erosions of use, crack of desication.

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 ...


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Pende mask
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br>This reduced format mask refers to the mask Kiwoyo of the Eastern Pende, Giwoyo among those of the Center. Originally associated with the deceased lying on his couch, he is associated with funeral rituals. The greenish face is extended by a vertical chin strap lined with raffia.

Nowadays he participates in peaceful and festive ceremonies.
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 ...


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Among the African entertainment masks of the West Pende, zoomorphic masks are worn by costumed dancers depicting the gaits and behaviors of the animals they embody.
Matte patina, colored highlights. Crack in the outline and slight losses. Height on base: 34 cm.
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 ...


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Pendé Mask
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The Kipoko (also known as Mukishi wa Mutsue or Mbundju) is a leader's mask associated with joy and thanksgiving. It is also used to close the initiation ceremonies: each young initiate has to swallow a food placed on Kipoko's circular chin strap while holding it by the ears. ("Pende", Strother) The sculptor valued the sensory organs of the Kipoko mask in order to recall the qualities required of the leader: listening, reflection, prudence and wisdom.
Irregular surface, crusty, velvety patina. Green and white pigments on the base.
Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the eastern 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 ...


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Pende Mask
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African mask of the "giphogo" type, triangular, which served as a protective amulet.
Brown ocher patina, velvety. Cracks and erosions. Height on base: 18 cm.
The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the eastern people have settled on the banks of the Kasai 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 that are difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, tundu, the possessed, etc... Mbuya initiation masks ...


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Pende mask
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African mask of initiation, Mbuya, whose recurring criteria, varying slightly depending on the version, remain wide half-closed upper eyelids, a slightly upturned nose, and fine lips revealing here a traditionally cut dentition.
Losses on the contours. Matte patina, abrasions.
Height on base: 37 cm.
The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the eastern people have settled on the banks of the Kasai 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 that are difficult to differentiate without their costume, ...


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African initiation mask, Mbuya, with long notched eyelids, a slightly upturned nose, and a mouth revealing sharp teeth. A raffia headdress is attached to the top. Matte patina, velvety burgundy brown. Cracks. Shards.
Height on base: 42 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern ones have 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 that are difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner and his ...


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Pende Mbuya Mask
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Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
This African initiation mask, Mbuya, comes from the Western Pende, whose Yaka influence is noticeable by the slightly rolled up nose. Endowed with wide drooping eyelids, it reminds us of the Pende's custom of not staring at the eyes in public. This African Pende mask wears a headdress made of canvas and raffia fribres, and a goatee. Total height on adapted base: 39 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners 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 large sculpture of tribal art. Within this diversity, the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, have a ...


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