Elegant African Tribal PENDE Mbangu ( Bewitched or sickness ) Mask. Democratic Republic of the Congo.Age: Second half of the 20th Century.Delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity from Tribal and Ethnic.Material: Wood, fabric, kaolin, raffia and sisal. Size: Height 19 cm with hat 24 cm. Width 17 cm. Depth 11 cm. with hat 20 cm. Face is half black, half white White symbolic of spirits of the dead (represents hope of illness cure) Black symbolic of sickness and illness One side of face is pulled down (facial paralysis) Very long nose, Long narrow face Angular expression of cheekbones (peanut shape to face) . Face pulled down on one side by a paralysis of the facial nerve Small holes over eyelids, front and cheeks (representing smallpox scars).
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