|Period:||Second half 20th century|
|Sold with stand:||No|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
Stylistic wooden eastern PENDE mask from former Belgian Congo. Good condition with traces of tribal use.
The Pende people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are grouped into small kingdoms which consolidate several clans under the rule of a chief whose main role is that of mediator with the ancestors. Even though the society is matrilineal, the sculptor’s profession is transmitted from father to son. Pende art styles vary widely, with a more abstract, geometric style in the east and a more naturalistic one in the central area and to the west. The animal masks shown on this page are used in the initiation rituals during which boys live out in the bush and act out the behavior of certain animals