The Pende people of the DRC are grouped into numerous territorial groups, the two most important being in Kwilu (Western) and Kasai (Eastern) Pende. Several clans are consolidated under the rule of a chief (Djigo) whose main role is that of mediator with the ancestors. Even though the society is matrilineal, the sculptor's profession is transmitted from father to son.Pende art styles vary widely, with a more abstract, geometric style in the east and a more naturalistic one in the central area and to the west. The Kwilu Pende are especially well known for their masks that were originally used for circumcision ceremonies, but later became accessories for a type of popular theater. The Kwilu Mbuya masks are characterized by a somber, gloomy expression.
This item comes with a signed and stamped certificate confirming its authenticity. All our lots are appraised and checked by Jos Humblet. Mr. Humblet (°1954, Brussels) graduated in 1978 as Master of Art at St. Lukas in Brussels. From 1978 until 1993 he worked at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he specialised in formal analysis of works of art. Mr. Humblet started collecting tribal art in 1980 and became a dealer in 1995, specialising in art from Kongo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.
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- Kwilu Mbuya Mask
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Plant fibre, Wood
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 23×18×18 cm