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Pumbu Chiefs Mask – Raphia, Wood – Pende – DR Congo


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Large Pende mask, named Pumbu Chiefs mask.
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 Pumbu mask in good condition with traces of tribal use.
The interlacing patterns of the mask are symbols of chiefship and royalty. Nicely decorated with full raphia.

Object: Pumbu mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Pende
Region/ country: Congo
Material: Wood, Raphia
Period: 2nd half 20th century
Condition: Good
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 60×23×15 cm
Weight: 1900 g


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