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Large Pende Mask

 

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Large Pende Mask

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Eastern Pende mask
PHUMBU a MFUNU
Wood, pigments
High 81 cm.

 

P R O V E N A N C E:
Mr. Arthur Savage, ex teacher, Oxford University, Ealing, West London,  UK

Large Pende Mask, very large and extraordinary Phumbu a Mfunu Pende mask from the Eastern Pende people, this is a face mask and referred to respectively as Giphogo and Minyangi  and was worn by dancer during initiation ceremonies. The mask with slanted eyes, a pointed chin, the cheeks in high relief framed and coloured with white pigments,  massive bulbous eyes. This tall Phumbu a Mfunu mask was used for dances or for decorating houses.


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