This Pende door was carved in what is known as relief carving, meaning the figures project slightly from the background. The door comes attached to a custom base and measures 42 inches tall, weighing 16 pounds.
Relief Carved Pende Panel or Door 42″ – DRC – African Art
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40" door, 42" on base
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.