Mask of disease or deformity, Pende, D.R.C.

Mask of disease or deformity, Pende, D.R.C.
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Mask presenting a face composed of two distinct vertical parts. The right side shows us a part of the face with a closed eye and a drooping ear. It has been painted in yellow. The other part has a well opened eye, a high ear and is painted in black. The mouth common to both is tubular and makes the link between these two faces.
These masks, known as "disease" or "deformation" masks, are called "Mbangu" and belong to the "Mbuya" mask family. This asymmetrical face represents epileptics or demented people. The bichromy symbolizes the fight between good and evil.
This example has a collection label inside the mask.
Wood with a patina of use, pigments. Height : 28 cm
Pende people, Kandale village, Democratic Republic of Congo
Around 1940/1950
Provenance : former collection of the painter Jean Lescure (Liège, Belgium)
Sold with its base


Style Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)
Ethnic group Pende - Bapende - Pande
Century 20th century (African Masks 20th century)
Country of origin Congo
Height (cm) 28 cm
Materials Wood
Shipping Time Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days
Location 69620, Ternand, France

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