Pende Helmet Mask, Congo

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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. Only chiefs danced in this type of mask.

Jean-Pierre Hallet Collection
Jean-Pierre Hallet grew up on the edge of the Ituri rain forest in central Africa. Born in 1927, Hallet was the son of Andre Hallet, the famed Belgian painter who lived in the Congo. He collected African art from 1948 until his death in 2007.

Item: A145

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