Pende Janus Power Fetish, D.R. Congo
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Description of Significance:
The Pende people live in west D.R. Congo. The Pende are a matrilineal people. They are highly venerated blacksmiths, with smiths being of equal status to the chief.
Ceremonial materials were applied to the top of the piece over time. Surfaces are modified from ritual use but there is no way to know the exact original use. The rough surface is the product of the frequent application of sacrificial libations. This suggests the figure may have represented nature spirits of diviner's spirits.
- Handcrafted for ceremonial use in D.R. Congo
- Depth: 7"
- Width: 4"
- Height: 20"
- Height includes the base/ stand
- Indigenous wood
- Custom Base: The piece includes the custom base included in the photos.
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