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The Western Pende live on the banks of Kwilu, while the Orientals settled on the shores of Kasai downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu have impressed themselves on their large tribal art sculpture.


Pende Statue
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Statue depicting a woman wearing a helmet mask. Polychrome satin patina. Erosions.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, take on a festive function and embody different characters. The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation and circumcision rituals mukanda , enthronement of the leader. Governed by heads of families, the Djogo, with a priestly function, the ...


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Pende panel
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Figurative panel carved with symbolic naturalist motifs, aimed at protecting the chief's house. Represented naked, the female figure presents the half-closed female gaze, named "zanze". These statues were usually part of a fertility cult and were kept in a room in the chief's house.
Medium brown satin patina.
Desication cracks and abrasions.

The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the Mbuya masks, realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including ...


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Mbangu mask
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Spectacular by the deformation of its features, this mask of the Pende established in upper Kwango is part of the African masks "of illness" Pende Mbangu or Bwala-Bwala . It is associated with epileptic seizures or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. This comedy mask is completed with a feather hat gifuatu of guinea fowl, coucal or turaco, or the lumbandu, a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a hump on the back, thus exaggerating the disabled appearance.
Satin patina.
The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the eastern people have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art ...


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Pende mask
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Symbolizing the wild buffalo, the African mask panya ngombe adopts a stretched, stylized form. The ears, framing long horizontal eyelids, spring out in a point towards the outer corners, conferring a dynamic. The contours are indented with decorative diamond patterns. Copies larger than required by the tribal canon were intended to be hung in the chief's hut, and logically did not present any internal signs of use. Matte black patina. Height on base: 31 cm.
The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the eastern people have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the Mbuya masks, realistic, ...


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Pende mask
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Referring to the wild buffalo, the African mask panya ngombe adopts a singular, triangular design. It indeed presents the stylized head of an animal, whose features in low relief stretch in width. A border of lozenges tinted with pink ocher surrounds the shape. Copies larger than required by the tribal canon were intended to be hung in the chief's hut, and logically did not present any internal signs of use.
Velvety matte patina. Small chip.
Height on base: 32 cm.
The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the eastern people have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the Mbuya ...


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Pende Mask
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The spendents live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river 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, have 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. Wearing a loose hat consisting of a taut wicker frame of raffia canvas, and ...


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Pende Statue
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Prestigious naturalist sculpture, represented naked, one hand holding a breast. These statues were attached to the top of the chief huts, watching over the village. Red ocher matte patina. Abrasions and cracks.
Ref. : "Pende" Strother, ed.5Continents (p.33) The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large 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, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc... The masks of initiation and those of ...


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Pende mask
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Pende Minganji mask from Zaire complemented by a full woven raffia costume. Léon de Sousberghe identified two types of masks, the minganji associated with male society and the mbuya masks associated with the village, with a few exceptions.
Flat, circular and haloed with feathers, it has tubular basketry eyes separated by a white rectangle pattern. On the back, a raffia mesh, in good condition, made it possible to fix it. Height on base: 74 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern settled on the banks of the Kasaï downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of neighboring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the Mbuya masks, realistic, produced every ...


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Pende mask
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African mask of initiation, Mbuya, endowed with a look with large protruding eyelids giving it a surprisingly expressive physiognomy. Velvety and abraded matte patina. Height on base: 34 cm. 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 different characters difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute,the jester, tundu , the possessed, etc... ...


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Pende Panya-ngombe Mask
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The structure of the mask panya ngombe, triangular, is associated with wild buffalo. The larger copies than the tribal cannon required were intended to be hung in the chief's box, and logically did not have any internal stigmas of use. Semi-mate patina, erosions.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners have settled on the banks of the Kasai river 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 masques Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the head fumu or ufumu, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, tundu, the ...


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Pende Mask
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Called Kiwoyo with the Eastern Pende, Giwoyo ch those of the Centre, this african mask extended from a chin strap was usually worn in a cap over a soft hat, tumba . Most of the masks of the Central Pende, sculpted by the dancers, were worn tilted on the forehead, to be seen in profile. Originally associated with the deceased lying on his diaper, this mask was associated with funeral rituals. Nowadays he participates in peaceful and festive ceremonies. This rare and voluminous variant of kiwoyo, with widely split triangular eyelids, nevertheless forms a hem mask. It is decorated with large lozenges on which remain color pigments. Locally abraded velvety patina.

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Pende Ceremonial cup
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Cephalomorphic headdress with a handle, a figurative chief's insignia marked by Tschokwe influence. The headdress would be of the "guhota sanga" style worn around the 1950s . (p.7 "Pende" Z.S. Strother - ed. 5Continents) Black glossy patina.
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 ...


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Pende mask
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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.
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 , ...


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Pende Nembu "epileptic" statue
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Deformity in African tribal art .
Better known than the anthropomorphic sculptures of the Pende, the Mbangu "disease" masks, known as " nosomorphic" masks, illustrate, by their deformed features, the patient in an epileptic seizure or the result of a facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals.
In many tribal cultures, epilepsy would be perceived as a divine seal on an individual able to communicate in this way with the spiritual world.
In addition to his face with the features of the Mbangu mask, the figure is flanked by a bulbous goiter and his attitude indicates abdominal pain. Raffia belts and an anklet made of seeds emphasize the sculpture. Crusty patina.
The Pende Westerners live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners have settled ...

Minganji Mask
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Modest dimensions for this flat and circular mask, abstract, haloed with fibers and feathers, named Gitenga, which was held on the face thanks to the fish net attached to the posterior contours. It is a police mask of the circumcision camp, representing the sun at sunrise and sunset. Leon de Sousberghe has identified two types of masks, minganji plant fibers, associated with male society and mbuya wooden masks generally related to the village, with some exceptions however.
The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river 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, ...


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Pende Nsembu Mask
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deformity in tribal art. The masks of disease Pende Mbangu illustrates, by their distorted features, the patient in an epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. In many tribal cultures, however, epilepsy would be perceived as a divine seal on an individual capable of communicating in this way with the spiritual world. The dancer wearing this comedy mask is wearing a feather hat gifuatu guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or lumbandu, a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a bump on the back, exaggerating the handicapped aspect of the character. A hat consisting of a basket frame lined with raffia caps the face, itself lined with canvas. Patine mate. Height on a base: 36cm. The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners ...


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Large Pende Mask
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Sophisticated ornamentation for this rare Mask of The Kasai Pende linked to the ceremonies of the mukanda. Tapestry nails form linear patterns, while metal plates adorn certain areas. Grainy brown patina. Height on a base: 59 cm .
The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river 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, have 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 ...


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Didactic board Pendé
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.

This realistic sculpture represents a delivery scene, a didactic board intended for the sex education of future initiates. The parturient is seconded by a midwife, a second person with a red tint, his back turned, seems to be plugging his ears (the parent?). A calabash is arranged alongside the woman. The scene is set on a delivery table made of logs on four feet. The object could also be used as a magic medium to promote births as part of the fertility cult. Plant pigments, seeds of wither, wicker stems and feathers, line the woman's diaper. Peeling crusted patina consisting of different colored pigments. The Western Pende live on the banks of Kwilu, while the Orientals settled on the shores of Kasai downstream of Tshikapa. The influences ...


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Female figure Pende
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Statuette dressed in a garnet textile, bordered at the waist and ankles of a fringe of vegetable fibers. The oversized face, which is divided into a golden brown and burgundy tone, features the famous "zanze" look with half-closed eyes. This sculpture can be associated with a fertility cult. Desication cracks, usual abrasions.
The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river 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, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the ...


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Pende Mask
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The western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the oriental settled on the banks of the Kasai river 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 initiation masks 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.
Governs by heads of family, the jogo, to the priestly function, ...


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