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Pende Talking Stick Five Heads Congo African Art

$350.00
Product #: 98811
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Title Pende Talking Stick Five Heads Congo Africa
Type of Object Basket
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Pende
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 10.5 inches tall x 2 inches wide
Overall Condition Good. Most of our 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 Cracks and chips in places, wood flaws


Additional Information: A superb pende five Headed talking stick carved from a single piece of wood. This statue is prepared for immediate display. 


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.  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.