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Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask
Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask

Western Pende Mbuya Style Mask on Stand 14″ – DRC – African Art

$195.00 $117.00

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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.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Pende

Material

Wood, pigment, fabric, vegetable fiber

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

14" mask, 18.5" on stand

Width (Inches)

9"

Depth (Inches)

10"

Weight (Pounds)

2 lbs mask, 3 lbs including stand

Overall Condition

Some imerfections and wear and tear. Possible previous repairs.

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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