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    Eastern Pende (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Mask (Munyangi)
    Wood, pigment
    Height: 20 ½ inches Width: 5 ¾ inches Depth: 3 inches

    The fleetness embodied in the fast moving, spirited dance which personifies most Eastern Pende masks of this type (munyangi) would have been accentuated by the upward, rippling thrust of the two horn-like projections. The tripartite red, black, and white coloring of the horns is used in a broad area of Central Africa to indicate balanced oppositions between the spirit (white) and the material, blood-driven world (red). There is a minor loss at the upper proper left rear edge of the face, along with old, repigmented insect losses along the proper left edge of the face and one upper forehead area. There is a scratch on the lower front of the proper right horn.

    Provenance: Michael J. Roth, St. Louis
    James Willis Gallery, San Francisco



    Estimate: $6,500 - $9,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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