This mask was carved in the style of the Western Pende people of DRC. Masks like this were once used during initiation rituals but are now used for masquerade festivals. Mbuya masks come in many forms, each representing a character or roll in Pende society. This mask measures 14 inches tall, 18.5 inches on stand, and weighs 2 pounds. There is some scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask on Stand 14″ – DRC – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, pigment, fabric, vegetable fiber
14" mask, 18.5" on stand
2 lbs mask, 3 lbs including stand
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.