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1000161- Pende Mbuya Mask (5)
1000161- Pende Mbuya Mask
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1000161- Pende Mbuya Mask (3)
1000161- Pende Mbuya Mask (4)
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Pende Mbuya African Mask 18″ With Custom Stand – DRC

$295.00 $118.00

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Type of Object

Face Mask with Custom Stand

Country of Origin

DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo – formerly Zaire)

Ethnicity

Pende

Material

Pigment, Vegetable fiber, Wicker, Wood

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

13" without stand, 18" with stand

Width (Inches)

6"

Depth (Inches)

8"

Weight (Pounds)

1.5lbs without stand, 2.5lbs with stand

Overall Condition

Some cracking and scuffing 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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Additional Information

About the Mbuya Mask

Mbuya masks, created by the western Pende, come in many anthropomorphic and zoomorphic character forms. They are meant to personify a wide range of community members, such as the village chief or a diviner. Each mask is given a name and is danced in theatrical performances to chronical the principles and morals of Pende society. Mbuya masks are also used during circumcision ceremonies or in hunting and planting rites.
Some examples of Mbuya masks are:
• Tundu – Clown
• Gandumbu – Old female Widow
• Tata Gambinga – Diviner
• Matala – Young man
• Pumbu – Executioner
• Mbangu – Bewitched
• Giwoyo/Kiwoyo-Muyombo – Long bearded man
• Fumu – Chief
• Gabuku – Village Flirt
• Ngobo – Prostitute
• Nganga - Witchdoctor