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2 Pende Beaded Flywhisks Irukere Diviner Congo African Art

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Title 2 Pende Beaded Flywhisks Irukere Diviner Congo African Art
Type of Object Artifact, beadwork
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Pende
Materials Wood, animal tail, hair, beads
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 15-16 Inches
Depth: Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair General wear, loose beads, worn hood

Additional Information: Beaded flywhisks such as this are used as prestige object or emblems of power carried by the chiefs and by dignitaries among the Pende and many other groups throughout sub-Saharan Africa. During ceremonies the chief will hold such a flywhisk he would be waving majestically.  Both the Eastern and Western Pende have used such fluwhisks. Though the Pende are divided into two geographically distinct groups, with considerable artistic differences, they still consider themselves one people and are both well-known for their inventiveness in the field of visual art. Their proximity to Angola and the cultures of the old Lunda Empire, like the Chokwe, make their figures and masks as well as their prestige objects among the most diverse and beautiful in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in particular  and in Central Africa in general. 

The Pende are known for their artistic forms ranging from house decorations, figural sculptures, staffs, scepters, numerous carved ivory pendants and a wide variety of masks. Masks from the Western Pende are numerous and dance during Mukanda initiations and circumcisions of young boys to represent the perseverance that the boys must demonstrate during this initiation. Beads are mainly used to decorate chief’s hats and scepters like this one. These prestige objects were used by the political leaders and are worn or carried as emblem of authority, badges of office and insignia of rank.