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Pende Mask Raffia Congo African Art

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Title Pende Mask Raffia Congo African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Pende
Materials Wood, vegetal fibers
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 8 Inches
Width: 4.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional Information: The Pende are known for their numerous artistic forms ranging from house decorations, figural sculptures, numerous carved ivory pendants, and a wide variety of masks. It is to masks from the Kwilu region that the association to Pende is made. Figures among the pende are not noted as often as the masks and when identified are known as ancestor figures or maternity figures placed on the roofs of chief’s houses other female figures are placed near the doorway. This is further complicated by traditions of figural sculptural usage varies among the Pende divided into Eastern and Western groups. However the deeply sculpted face with its extraordinary near cubist like carving of the nose, eyes and ears is the product of a Pende western carver.