Heavily Distressed Pende African Mask on Stand 11″ – DRC



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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

Face Mask

Country of Origin

DRC / Angola




Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

9.25" mask | 11" w/ stand

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

0.5 lb mask | 1 lb w/ stand

Overall Condition

Severe deterioration


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Tribe Information

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.