Mask - Raphia, Wood - Mbuya - PENDE - Democratic Republic of Congo

Description
Mask - Raphia, Wood - Mbuya - PENDE - Democratic Republic of Congo
Excellent

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A Pende Mask, Mbuya
Democratic Republic of Congo, early to mid 20th century

Literature: Z.S.Strother, Pende

Wood, blackened on front with white pigments in the grooves on forehead, around eyes, and ears. Woven raffia collar and large headdress attached at top. In very good condition, appropriate for age, medium, and origin.

Mbuya masks are danced in village theatrical performances that use parody and drama to explore moral and judicial principles central to Pende society. In addition to representing typical village personalities, mbuya masks personify a whole range of characters and their attributes, including the chief and his authority, and the diviner and his knowledge of occult forces.

Shipping via Royal Mail (unless requested otherwise) within 24hrs after payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Mbuya
Ethnic group/ culture
PENDE
Region/ country
Democratic Republic of Congo
Material
Raphia, Wood
Condition
Excellent
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
25×17×12 cm
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