Pende Giwoyo mask

The Giwoyo mask of the Western Pende in African art is one of the masks called Mbuya. This one comes from the Katundu region is a victorious hunter mask. It is characterized by a long neck decorated with polychrome geometric patterns. The nose is slightly upturned, the eyes hanging down.
This African Pende mask was worn during closing ceremonies of initiation schools. Twenty masked characters represent heroes, animals, village notables and take turns dancing, out of the sight of women.

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Presumed dating
Circa 1950
25 x 17 cm
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Pende / Bapende
Wood, raphia
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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