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Pumbu Chiefs Mask (105 cm) - Wood - Pende - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Pumbu Chiefs Mask (105 cm) – Wood – Pende – DR Congo


Object: Pumbu Chiefs mask
Ethnic group / culture: Pende
Region/ country: DR Congo
Material: Wood
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 105×33×30 cm
Weight: 4200 g

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Of the three masks belonging to the chiefly regalia of the Eastern Pende people, Pumbu is deemed the most dangerous and is reserved for only the most powerful chiefs. The Pumbu, unlike the majority of other masks, is only danced on special occasions such as when the chief is seriously ill, in times of illness or famine, when other issues are causing disruption in the community or when the chief feels threatened. Through the dancing of the Pumbu the chief asserts his authority.

Great large Pumbu mask in good condition with traces of tribal use.
The interlacing diamond patterns of the mask are symbols of chiefship and royalty.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Due to the size of this item please contact first before order. Higher shipping costs may apply.