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    PENDE MASK
    (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, CENTRAL AFRICA)

    The Pende are intrusive in their present savanna location. Eastern and western Pende groups have different carving styles, that of the eastern group being somewhat more abstract, while objects made by western Pende groups tend to be more naturalistic. The present mask is an example of the best-known western Pende mask type, the Mbuya. Mbuya masquerades and their cast of characters appear at the time of male initiation, the Mukanda. Mbuya masquerades stock characters, include a chief, the chief's wife, a sorcerer, a clown and a seductress, among others. The present mask represents a chief, who is identified by his headdress of radiating points resembling straight horns. These are composed of wood and are covered in locally-made fiber cloth attached to a head-covering made of the same woven fiber cloth. The face exhibits typical western Pende naturalism, consisting of a high, domed forehead, a unified eyebrow carved in low relief above heavy-lidded, downcast eyes, and a small chin. The mask is of typically small size, although its black color is unusual because the majority of Pende masks of this type have reddish-brown faces.

    The present mask exhibits some damage to its headdress, where some of the distinctive points have been loosened and stitching broken. There is a crack in the wood forehead, but all components are present and the original surface is intact.

    Provenance:
    Collected by Charles D. Miller III, of St. James, New York.

    Height: 16 ¼ inches


    Estimate: $800 - $1,200.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    15th Friday
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