This mask was carved in the style of the Pende people of DRC. The mask features the face of a monkey with charming characteristics. It measures 12 inches tall, 13 inches including the custom stand, and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is some minor cracking, scuffing and wear and tear – please inspect photos.
Pende Style Monkey Mask 12″ w Stand – DRC – African Art
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DRC / Angola
12" mask, 13" on stand
1.5 lbs mask, 2 lbs including stand
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
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.