This mask was carved in the style of the Pende people of DRC. It is heavily distressed with scuffs throughout. The mask measures 9.25 inches tall, 11 inches tall including the stand, and weighs 1 pound. This piece is heavily time worn – please inspect photos.
|Type of Object||
|Country of Origin||
DRC / Angola
9.25" mask | 11" w/ stand
0.5 lb mask | 1 lb w/ stand
About the Pende People
Ancestor worship is significantly importance to the Pende people. Appeasing the ancestors (mvumbi), is accomplished through rituals and offerings, usually provided by the head of the family. If neglected, it is believed that the ancestors will cause sickness and hardship to the household. When asked for help, a diviner will regularly demand offerings be made to a wooden sculpture to placate the provoked ancestors.
Read more about the Pende here.