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Pende Cup
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Pende Cup

Deep flared bowl extended by a thick handle, used for ritual libations during traditional ceremonies or for drinking palm wine. Satin black patina, cracks of desiccation, erosions.
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 ...

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Pere  figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Pere figure

Anthropomorphic figure, whose short and stocky arms, digitized at the ends, are carried forward, accompanying the inclination of the upper part of the body. The legs with massive feet seem to balance the whole. Polychrome punctiform motifs, satin patina.
The Pere, Piri, or Bakwa for the pygmies, form a semi-nomadic tribe from the Bira-Kumu from Uganda. After being decimated by Arab slave traders, they settled among the Nande in the Libero region, also among the pygmies. They have several traditional cults, the Ndekele ancestor cult, the esumba society, the Ntema therapeutic rites, Kilanga , an nsindi initiation society with sculptures. Some of these were used to promote hunting. The ekoto figures of the esumba society, meanwhile, were associated with the cult of twins.

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