Description:

From our personal collection, on offer is a sweet-faced 'mbuya' mask from the (Western) Pende peoples of the DR Congo. Such masks are primarily used in initiation ceremonies.

Characterized by stylistic facial features employed by Pende carvers, the mask has a high domed forehead, downturned eyes with prominent eyelids, & upturned nose. Pigments have been applied to the face, & the mask is highlighted by a long beard with striking geometric patterns that are carved into the surface of the wood & painted. Raffia is attached to the perimeter of the beard, & a vegetal fiber headdress crowns the piece.

Overall condition: very good; scrapes & abrasions; a few minor chips; evidence of old insect damage (arrested). With its melancholy spirit, this sensitive mask makes a compelling display, & would be a wonderful addition to any ethnographic collection.


Materials:
wood, pigment, raffia,
vegetal fibers

Approximate dimensions:
(including raffia)
18" H x 9" W x 4.75" D

Estimated age:
50± years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 7-lbs.

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Item offered:

Pende Mbuya Mask
with Beard & Raffia
(DR Congo)


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Materials:
wood, pigment,
raffia, vegetal fibers
Approximate dimensions:
(including raffia)
18" H x 9" W x 4¾" D
Estimated age:
50± years
Total shipping weight:
ca. 7-lbs.
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