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Pende Mask Congo African Art

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Title Pende Mask Congo African Art
Type of Object Mask, carving
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Pende
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 10 Inches
Width: 7.5 Inches
Depth: 3 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional Information: The Pende are known for their artistic forms ranging from house decorations, figural sculptures, numerous carved ivory pendants, to 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.  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.