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Pende Mbangu mask (N° 20246)

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African "disease" masks Pende Mbangu (deformed mouth) or Bwala-Bwala , illustrate, by their outraged features, the patient in epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. The dancer who wears this comedy mask is wearing 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, then exaggerating the disabled appearance of the character.
This mask of the Pende people established in the Upper Kwango is distinguished by its bent nose and deformed mouth. It is divided into contrasting colors.
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 various characters difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, tundu, the possessed, etc.... ( Art and Life in Africa, C.D. Roy; "Pende" Strother)  

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OriginEx-collection Cheminal
EthnyPende
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile
Height28
Width17
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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