Pende Mbuya mask

Pende, culture and spirituality

In African art, traditional masks from the village of Mbuya are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivals. Previously, used during mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of male circumcision rituals, mbuya masquerades are now used to showcase a number of characters and roles in Hanging society.
It is a monoxyl piece, the neck being an integral part of the African mask.
The raffia headdress is still present. African art object in good condition. The elongated nose is slightly turned up.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1980
+/- 25 cm (face only)
Ethnic group
Pende / Bapende
Wood, raphia
Democratic Republic of the Congo

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