Pende Mbuya Mask 22.5″ – DR Congo – African Art



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This mask was carved in the style of the Pende people of DRC. Masks like this are known as mbuya and are typically used during circumcision rites. This mask measures 22.5 inches tall and weighs 3 pound. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

DRC / Angola




Wood, pigment, fabric and vegetable fiber

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


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Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

3 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.


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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.