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Pende Deformity Figure Soccer Player Congo African Art

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Title Pende Deformity Figure Soccer Player Congo African Art
Type of Object mask
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Pende
Materials Wood, seed pod beads, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 22 inches tall x 8.5 inches wide x 9 inches deep
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair scrapes, minor cracks. base is chipped, but securely mounted to custom stand


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A captivating figure with a deformed face and contorted arms and hands.  It is attributed to the Pende and known as a deformity figure. The nose is elongated and curved and the mouth cocked to the side.   Masks and figures with vigorously carved and twisted features represent individuals who have suffered epileptic seizures. Known as Mbangu these pieces show the moment of seizure when the Pende believe that the gods possessed the individual.  This particular example kicks a soccer ball along in bare feet.  It is truly a unique piece with enormous character deserving of prominent display.  


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.