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Pende Armless Statue with Hat Congo African Art

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Title Pende Armless Statue with Hat Congo Africa
Type of Object Figure, carving, sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Pende
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 16.5 inches tall x 4 inches wide x 3.5 inches deep
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair scrapes and chips; right foot repaired

Additional Information: A tall standing figure with a glaring abstraction: he has no arms.  The facial features are clearly Pende, with slanted and narrow eyes and a colonial style hat.  

The Pende, like most of the art-producing cultures from the western Congo, have a rich artisitic tradition and have produced many masterpieces found in galleries and museums. They are perhaps best known for their "mbuya" initiation masks, and the exquisite little ivory masquettes known as "ikhoko" given to newly initiated boys, which are worn and treasured for life.  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.