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Pende Beaded Chief's Crown Congo African Art

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Title Pende Beaded Chief's Crown Congo African Art
Type of Object Beadwork, Crown
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Pende people
Materials Beads, vegetal fibers
Approximate Age Second half 20th Century
Dimensions Diameter is 8 inches; Height is 12 inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Some bead loss on edge of centerpiece, which is loose.


Additional Information:  An exquisite piece, blue and red glass beads over woven grass. This is a beautiful and well done Pende Beaded chief's crown . All the beads are in place. And the symmetry of the designs indicates that the piece was made by a master artist. It takes months to realized such work. Pende's crowns, called Misango, are insignias of title, and nobility. The Pende, Lunda, Yaka, and a few other groups influenced by the Lunda use this king of crown.The original form is based on the Old Lunda models, as the earliest collected examples came from the Lunda, and the style passed on to all the neighboring people under Lunda influence.


The horns are supposed to recall the horns of the buffalo, which is a chiefly male symbol of power. Beads are mainly used to decorate chief’s hats and scepters like this one. Other prestigious objects such as this wand or sceptre were also decorated with beads. They were used by the political leaders and are worn or carried as emblem of authority, badges of office and insignia of rank. Priests and diviners will also use this special scepter while performing their ritual duties. Sceptres are said to embody powerful spirits.


Recommended Reading:


See a similar example in CROWNING ACHIEVEMENTS-AFRICAN ARTS OF DRESSING THE HEAD, p. 102.


I have examined this piee and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, Ph.D.