Pende Style Mask, D. R. Congo
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Description of Significance:
This is a striking contemporary mask authentically crafted in the D. R. Congo and made for decoration. It references historic masks of similar aesthetic style that were danced in ceremonies.
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. Some original Pende masks show a mixture of human and buffalo attributes. The buffalo represents authority to the Pende. These masks were originally danced during the initiations of Pende young men. These types of initiations ended in the 1930s at which time Panya Ngombe masks were adapted to architecture. They were placed above the doorways of important structures like the home of the chief or the treasure storage house.
Country of Origin:
- Hand carved in D.R. Congo
- Depth: 5"
- Width: 9"
- Height: 13"
- Indigenous wood
- Wall Hanging: the mask comes with a wire installed on the back for easy wall hanging.
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