Pende Mbuya Kiwoyo mask - SOLD OUT

Traditional African Mbuya masks like this one are used to entertain a community at non-ritual feasts. Formerly used at mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of the rituals of male circumcision, mbuya masquerades are now aimed at highlighting a number of characters and roles in the Pende society. There are two main groups of masks used at festivals.
The giwoyo (called kiwoyo among the Eastern Pende) is one of the many mbuya masks presented at community festivals.
It is recognized by its long beard illustrated by a wooden neck. Very beautiful polychrome patina very well preserved. Nice upturned nose.

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Data sheet

Size
28 x 14 cm
Ethnic group
Pende / Bapende
Material(s)
Wood, raphia
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium
Condition
Excellent

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