Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Pende peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden mask from the Pende people, who are known for their elaborate masks made for initiation rituals and youth education. The mask presents a downturned face with large eyes surrounded by heavy, projecting lids. A short, pointed nose sits between them, above a partially opened mouth full of teeth. There are scarification marks carved in relief on the forehead and cheeks. A brown burlap-like textile is sewn to the chin/sides and around the top of the head. A crown of wrapped rattan with four points sits atop the burlap. Size: 9.5" W x 14.7" H (24.1 cm x 37.3 cm); 21.25" H (54 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Eason Eige collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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