A Kasai Pende facemask, Panya Ngombe
Lot 2580
A Kasai Pende facemask, Panya Ngombe
Sold for US$ 15,600 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Kasai Pende facemask, Panya Ngombe
Democratic Republic of Congo, large and stylized with massive bulbous eyes; the attenuated ears and triangular jaw-line pattern deeply carved and highly expressive.
height 22in


  • Exhibited:
    Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, OH, 1992
    Governors State University, IL, 2003
    Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003
    Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004
    Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005

    Butts, H., The Faces of Africa : Sub-Saharan Sculpture. Mansfield Art Center, 1992. Fig. 74.

    Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.36, fig.82

    Sharing both a masquerade and an architectural function, the Panya Ngombe mask of the Eastern or Kasai Pende signifies a wild buffalo yet in its performance is the mask that collects offerings at the end of initiation festivities. Versions of this mask known as kenene decorate the lintel on a paramount chief's dwelling.