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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.


Masque heaume Pende Kipoko, Giphogo
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A village mask of the Eastern Pende and not of male association, the Kipoko mask (also named Mukishi wa Mutsue or Mbundju ) is a chief's mask associated with joy and thanksgiving. It is further used to close initiation ceremonies: each young initiate having to swallow a food item placed on Kipoko's circular chin strap while holding it by the ears.("Pende", Strother) Two-tone satin patina.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu River, while the Eastern 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. Within this diversity, the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, have a festive function, ...

Small Pende Nsembu mask
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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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Mbangu Pende two-headed statue
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Deformity in African tribal art .
This figure shows two heads with faces characteristic of the "disease" mask Pende Mbangu . The latter refers to the patient in epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. Within many tribal cultures, however, epilepsy would be seen as a divine seal on an individual who is able to communicate in this way with the spirit world.
The dancer who wears this comedy mask is wearing a hat made of gifuatu guinea fowl, coucal or touraco feathers, 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. Polychrome matt ...


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Pende Gitenga Mask
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Modest dimensions for this flat and circular mask, abstract, haloed with fibers and feathers, named Gitenga, which was held on the face thanks to the fish net attached to the posterior contours. It is a police mask of the circumcision camp, representing the sun at sunrise and sunset. Leon de Sousberghe has identified two types of masks, minganji plant fibers, associated with male society and mbuya wooden masks generally related to the village, with some exceptions however.
The seed 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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Pende Mbuya Mask
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Ex collection Of Belgian African art.

The African Mbuya masks are worn by young men during the initiation and circumcision rites that make up the Mukanda. The headdress here is decorated with cured hair. The facial features are droopy and quite angular.
A thick raffia beard accompanies the room.

The Pende is generally distinguished from the East (Kasai) or the West (Kwilu). There is a wide variety of Pende statues and masks (at least sixty) often anthropomorphic but sometimes also zoomorphic.


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Pende mask
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African mask of initiation, Mbuya, featuring large protruding eyelids, a slightly upturned nose, and thin pursed lips giving it an animated physiognomy. Velvety matte patina. Misses on the contours. Height on base: 40 cm. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern Pende 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 difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute,the ...


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Pende figurines
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This figure of African art depicts a dancer from the masquerade Pende Minganji du Zaire, dressed in his full costume in raffia's harvest. Leon de Sousberghe identified two types of masks, the minganji associated with male society and mbuya masks related to the village, with some exceptions. The puppet, like the dancer, has a flexible and articulated body, fixed on a small cracked promontory.
Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Oriental 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 , realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody ...


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Pende Mbuya mask
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This African mask of initiation, Mbuya, emanates from the Pende of the West whose Yaka influence is notable in the slightly upturned nose facture. The wide lowered eyelids indicate the Pende tradition of not staring in public.
This African Pendé mask has a headdress made of cloth and raffia fibers.
Total 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 Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba, and Salampasu 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 ...


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Pende Mingangi, Minyangi mask
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African mask known as Minyangi , a smaller version of the giphogo , marking the right to receive fees from subordinate chiefs following circumcision rituals. This mask became flatter over time to fit the door of the chieftaincy hut. The protrusions at the top do not represent horns, but symbolize the arms of the chief. Matt polychrome patina. Slightly missing.
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 ...

Pende figure from Kasai
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Female figure carved in a naturalistic style, endowed with the famous half-closed female gaze, named "zanze". Depicted naked, hands on her chest, she adopts a concentrated expression. These statues were generally part of a fertility cult and were kept in a room in the chief's house.
Satin medium brown patina. 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 ...


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Pende Mask
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Regular features for this naturalistic Mask of Pende offering sober keloid motifs on the cheeks. Symmetry and softness are indeed unusual for a Pende mask linked to the ceremonies of the mukanda. Medium brown patina, partially abraded. A woolly hood covers the back part.
The seed 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, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc. The masks of initiation and those ...


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Pende Mbangu Mask
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Deformity in African tribal art .
The "disease" masks Pende Mbangu 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. Indigenous restorations. Height on base : 42 cm. br>


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Mask Pende Giwoyo, Kiwoyo, Muyombo
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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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Pende mask
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The Pende made use of a very large variation of traditional regional masks. This example is a variant of the giphogo or its reduced model minyangi . The triangular-shaped face, animated by discreet ears, is split by long eyelids underlined by hatching scarifications. Matt black patina. Height on base: 34 cm. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern Pende 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 fumu or ufumu, the diviner ...


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Pende Mbangu Mask
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The masks of disease Pende Mbangu (deformed mouth) or Bwala-Bwala , illustrate, by their outraged features, the patient in an epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. The dancer wearing this comedy mask is wearing a feather hat gifuatu guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or 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 Pende established in Upper Kwango is distinguished by its bent nose and a deformed mouth. It is also enhanced with contrasting colors, here faintly perceptible. The hairstyle composed of vegetable fibers and raw canvas is made around a frame of basketry. Abrasions. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners ...


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Kipoko Pende Mask, Mbundju
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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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Female figure Kakulungu Pende
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Ex-collection Italian African art.

Female figure from the Kangulungu region sculpted in a naturalist style, with the famous half-closed female gaze, "zanze". Represented naked, fingers joined on the sternum, she adopts an expression of contemplation. These statues were generally part of a fertility cult and were kept in a room in the chief's house. Matte red ochre patina. Abrasions. 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 the neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu were imprinted on their large sculpture of tribal art. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody ...


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Chokwe/Pende Libatory Cup
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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, ...


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Pende Giphogo mask
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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, ...


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Pende horned mask
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Pende masks come in a wide range. This mask with a heart-shaped face and parallel rectilinear horns is native to Kasai and is a type of "giphogo" worn during initiations. The incisions of the contours, triangular and whitened, contrasting with the two-tone black and dark red patina, contribute to the striking effect sought. Locally abraded matte patina.

The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu River, while the Eastern have settled on the banks of the Kasai River 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 ...


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Kishi-Kishi Pende Bapende Maternity
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The large female Pende Kishikishi statues were perched on the highest point of the roof of the chiefdom hut. They were a true ritual object intended to protect not only the chief but also the village community. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern Pende 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, 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 ...





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