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Pende Phumbu a Mfumu mask (N° 14541)
A facial mask carved from a single piece, this mask dances only on very rare occasions and is kept safe in the chief's ritual house.
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Pumbu a fumu , or Phumbu a Mfumu , represents the warlike nature of the chief: two huge tubular eyes protrude while the sharply raised eyebrows suggest anger. The lips opening onto carved teeth accentuate this effect. We also note pointed ears in reference to felines. Triangular patterns alternate.
The Pende westerners live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the easterners 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, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, tundu , the possessed, etc...
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