This is an older carved wooden mask from the Pende peoples of the Congo, central Africa. A fascinating image of a twisted face, divided by black and white pigments, with attached woven grass headdress. This mask shows some obvious wear and handling, and appears to be a vintage example. This mask is known locally as "mbangu" is a variation on the representation of a highly regarded hunter who has been stricken with facial paralysis. This mask demonstrates how even the most esteemed and upright member of the community can unexpectedly be afflicted with sickness. In this case, the Pende believe that the individual is a victim of sorcery, bewitched by a rival who jealously inflicted him with disease. In performance, the mbangu mask is danced with a whole cast of character types, from clown to sorcerer and prostitute. These masks teach Pende audiences about the rewards of good behavior and of the pitfalls of those who are morally flawed. The black and white painting refers to the scars of someone who fell into fire due to epilepsy or some other medical condition. The mask itself Measures 12 inches tall x 7 inches wide. A metal display stand will also be included.Domestic: Flat-rate of $40.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from California.
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