Pende Mbuya Mask
Mbuya masks are worn by male youths in Mukanda initiation association ceremonies.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Approx Age: 1970
Materials: Wood and plant fibre
Dimensions cm: 36 tall to spike x 34 widest points
Ref. Number: 1492
A lovely Pende Mbuya mask, surmounted by a high four-pointed hat composed of raffia strands and cloth showing use and age, the face with a domed forehead above heavy eyelids covering pierced eyes, the raised cheekbones accented with raised half moon shaped designs, a sloping, pointed nose with pierced nostrils, an open mouth with raised lips fine aged surface enhanced with dark brown pigments. The raffia around the chin has worn a hole which now the stand sits through to display which is also included.
Provenance: Ex-Private UK Collection
Mbuya village masks are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivities. Once used during
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