WESTERN PENDE MASKS ARCHIVES

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

For UNSOLD Western Pende masks  GO TO WESTERN PENDE MASKS PAGE

Western Pende mask 9

This mask has been vetted as authentic.

Western Pende
Mask 9
18.5" high

SOLD

Western Pende
Mask 17

25" high
SOLD



Western Pende
Mask 18
24" high
SOLD


 

Western Pende
Mask 1
SOLD



Western Pende
Mask 4
SOLD
 

 

Western Pende
Mask 6
SOLD

 

Western Pende
Mask 7
SOLD

 

Western Pende
Mask 8
SOLD

 

Western Pende
Mask 10
SOLD

 

Western Pende
Mask 16
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

PLEASE NOTE: Masks shown with stands on the individual pages are sold with stands. Masks shown with just a post (to facilitate photography) are sold without stands and may be hung on a wall.

The Pende people of the DRC are grouped into numerous territorial groups, the two most important being in Kwilu (Western) and Kasai (Eastern) Pende. Several clans are consolidated under the rule of a chief (Djigo) 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 Kwilu Pende are especially well known for their masks that were originally used for circumcision ceremonies but later became accessories for a type of popular theater. The Kwilu mbuya masks are characterized by a somber, gloomy expression.

Despite their appearance, most of these Western Pende masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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