African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Pende Mask
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 ...