Pende Munyangi mask
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  • Pende mask from Congo
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Pende Munyangi mask

The Eastern Pende or Bapende are known in African art for their very graphic traditional masks. This African munyangi mask with its ogival face surmounted by an appendage is no exception. The level of stylization is very high and geographical decorations are present.

In the Pende culture, the masks are very numerous and varied. They take part in ceremonies that are sometimes festive, sometimes linked to initiations, in particular that of the transition to adulthood, mukanda, at the end of which the boys are circumcised and become adult men.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
29 cm
Ethnic group
Pende / Bapende
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal Art Collection Italy
Condition
Excellent

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