This mask was carved in the style of the Pende people of DRC. The unique mask showcases an ominous face with an elongated coiffure on top of his head. The mask measures 22.5 inches tall and weighs 1 pound. *Stand not included*
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Some imerfections and wear and tear. Possible previous repairs.
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.