Pendant, Pende People, DRC

The Central Pende have a tradition of replicating large ceremonial dance masks (mbuya) in miniature form. These masquettes represent spirits and ancestors and are worn by men and women alike. 

The present pendant mask is of classic ikhokho design, showing a wide face surmounted by a three-pointed hat or coiffure and tapering sharply to a pointed chin. The facial features are rounded, protuberant, and fleshy, lending an impression of naturalism. A deep, dark patina encrusts the full surface of the piece, with warm brown highlights at the contact points enhancing its sculptural dimension.

Late 19th century
Height: 2 ¼ in; Width: 1 ½ in

Ex colonial collection, Belgium

Pierre Loos, Brussels

Private Collection, Belgium

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