Pende Mbuya mask, DRC African initiation... - Lot 183 - Arthema Auction

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Pende Mbuya mask, DRC African initiation... - Lot 183 - Arthema Auction
Pende Mbuya mask, DRC African initiation mask, Mbuya, featuring large, protruding eyelids above bony cheekbones, a slightly upturned nose and a half-open mouth. A spiky growth rises from the skull. Velvety, slightly ochre brown patina. Missing contours. Erosions. 33 x 19 cm Height on base: 46 cm The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Eastern Pende have settled on the banks of the Kasai downstream from Tshikapa. The influences of the neighboring Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu ethnic groups have left their mark on their extensive tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity, the realistic Mbuya masks, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody various characters difficult to differentiate without their costume, including the chief fumu or ufumu, the diviner and his wife, the prostitute, the jester, tundu, the possessed, etc.... Mbuya initiation masks, linked to mukanda initiation, and minganji power masks, represent the ancestors and are performed successively during the same ceremonies: agricultural festivals, mukanda initiation and circumcision rituals, enthronement of the chief ( Art and Life in Africa, C.D. Roy ; "Pende" Strother).
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