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Eastern Pende Mask Colorful Congo African 35 Inch

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Title Eastern Pende Mask Colorful Congo African 35 Inch
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Eastern Pende
Materials wood, pigment, paint
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions Height: 35 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most ofour 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 Shallow cracks.


Additional Information:  A long face Mask from the Pende from the Democratic Republic of Congo. 


This well used mask is identified to the Eastern Pende of the Kasai River region. The Pende are known for their artistic forms ranging from house decorations, figural sculptures, numerous carved ivory pendants, and a wide variety of masks. Masks from the eastern Pende are fairly numerous and often abstract with a generous use of red, black and white coloring. Face masks similar to this example are known as Pumbu Ya Mafumu and are dedicated to society elites. They are large masks and are worn with a ruff of grass that is held by a number of holes along the sides and bottom of the mask. These large masks will be carried during ceremonies or in some instances hung on walls. The sculptural form of the mask plays upon the geometry of the face bringing it very close to modern cubistic art with the rounded tube eyes, square mouth and long triangular shaped nose.


Color enhances the shape of the mask while adding visual dramatic flair and the play of patterns of the triangular forms of white and black divided by the curving interlace pattern enliven the surface and reflect a great sense of design on the part of the carver. On the inner surface of the mask it shows some wear emphasizing its use and age. This is a visually exciting and good example of Pende mask that would hold a prominent place in a collection or as a single example of the art of Africa.