Eastern Pende Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo width 22 3/4in (58cm)
Lot 152
Eastern Pende Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo width 22 3/4in (58cm)
US$ 15,000 - 20,000
€11,000 - 14,000
Auction Details
Eastern Pende Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo width 22 3/4in (58cm)
Lot Details
Eastern Pende Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
panya ngombe
Wood, pigments
width 22 3/4in (58cm)

On reverse in handscript: Masque Panya Ngombe No3

Provenance:
David Gelbard, New York
Bonhams, New York, 13 November 2007, Lot 2580
Private Collection, New York

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

Published:
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

Large and stylized with massive bulbous eyes, this mask has attenuated ears and triangular jaw-line pattern deeply carved and highly expressive.

Sharing both a masquerade and an architectural function, the panya ngombe mask of the Eastern or Kasai Pende signifies a wild buffalo, yet in performance it 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.
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    Specialist - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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