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Pende Mask (N° 13098)

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This African mask of the Pende ethnic group, inspiring the fear of the villagers, must be seen from afar and only appears at dusk, reinforcing its mysterious character. It has two summit horns and displays a face with exorbitant eyes, evoking extra-lucid abilities. A brown red vegetable bark powder takes on its surface, while areas of erosion are visible at the level of the eye. It is one of the forms of masks associated with circumcision ceremonies, embodying the animal qualities to be instilled in young initiates. E.g. Mercier collection.The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasai 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 different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer 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 rituals and circumcision mukanda, induction of the chief. Source: Kerchache and Sura Dji.  

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OriginEx. collection Mercier
EthnyPende
CountryCongo
Material(s)wood
Height55
Width22
Weight1.22 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1940
Socle includedYes

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