Pende Wongo Gandumbu mask - SOLD OUT

This African mask of the central Pende comes more specifically from the Wongo subgroup. This is a Mbuya-type mask representing the decrepit old woman, called Gandumbu. It is recognized by the features particularly falling down. The eyelids are heavy, the mouth curved downwards and the cuff worn.
This is an unusual mask among the Pende artistic corpus. The sculptural quality is at the rendezvous with a facies enhanced with black pigment to give contrast to the face.

The Gandumbu mask is worn by a male dancer dressed in rags, wristbands and ankles. This mask is intended to entertain women who have passed the prime of their lives, free to express themselves as they see fit and sometimes be disagreeable.

Following the numerous exits of this mask and the wear, on the right side face, a restoration took place. See photos.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1950
+/- 28 cm
Ethnic group
Pende / Bapende
Wood, accessories
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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