AN OLD MBUYA PENDE MASK
Pende mask with beard Kiwoyo-Muyombo
Mbuya village masks are used to entertain a community during non-ritual festivities. Once used during Mukanda initiation ceremonies to mark the end of male circumcision rituals, Mbuya masquerades are now used to highlight a number of characters and roles in Pende society.
Pende, Democratic Republic of Congo
Wood, vegetable fiber, Natural pigments and Raffia cloth. End of 19th, beginning of 20th century. 45 x 29 cm. Old patina of use.