Pende Mbangu Sickness Mask 12.25″ – DR Congo- African Tribal Art



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This mask was created by the Pende people of DRC. This mask measures 12.25 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. It features a human face with distorted features. There is minor imperfections including scrapes, scuffs and general wear and tear – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.


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Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

DRC / Angola




Wood and pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


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Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

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.


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