EASTERN PENDE MASKS ARCHIVES, DRC


The masks below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

For UNSOLD Eastern Pende masks GO TO EASTERN PENDE MASKS PAGE

These two Eastern Pende masks have been vetted as authentic with signs of significant age and use.


 

E. PENDE
Mask 8
18" high
SOLD

This Eastern Pende mask has been vetted as being authentic.


Despite their appearance the Eastern Pende masks below were probably made to be sold.

E Pende
Mask 2
SOLD

 

E Pende
Mask 3
SOLD

 

E Pende
Mask 4
SOLD



E Pende
Mask 5
SOLD

 

E Pende
Mask 6
SOLD



E Pende
Mask 7
SOLD
 

 


 E Pende
Mask 9
SOLD

 

E. PENDE
Mask 1
SOLD

 


E Pende
Mask 13
SOLD

Photographs © Bill Mrachek and Tim Hamill

The Pende people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are grouped into small kingdoms, which consolidate several clans under the rule of a chief whose main role is that of mediator with the ancestors. Even though the society is matrilineal, the sculptor's profession is transmitted from father to son. Pende art styles vary widely, with a more abstract, geometric style in the east and a more naturalistic one in the central area and to the west. The animal masks shown on this page are used in the initiation rituals during which boys live out in the bush and act out the behavior of certain animals includeing antelopes. Masks 9 and 13 are called Panya-Yombe and form part of the decorative elements of the Men's House.

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