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Three-Faced Pende Helmet Mask 11″ – DR Congo- African Tribal Art

Original price was: $300.00.Current price is: $120.00.

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This mask was created by the Pende people of DRC. This helmet mask features three faces and measures 11 inches tall and weighs 4 pounds. There is a missing piece from the back right of the mask, cracking, scrapes and scuffs throughout – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

DRC / Angola

Ethnicity

Pende

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

11"

Width (Inches)

11"

Depth (Inches)

10"

Weight (Pounds)

4 lbs

Overall Condition

Missing piece from back of mask, cracks

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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