Forehead mask
Western Pende Tribe, D.R. Congo
Wood, paint, raffia

H: 15"
Inventory # 10463

This mask represents one of the three most important and typologically oldest of the over 25 different mbuya masqueraders of the Pende. Known as giwoyo, muyombo, or ginjinga, they can be identified solely on the basis of their costume, headdress, paraphernalia, and dance style. All three mask figures are characterized by a carved face with an elongation under the chin that apparently represents a beard (mwevu), a sign of authority and wisdom of the ancestors. Danced at hunting and harvest rites and on other festive occasions, the masks ensure the community’s well being.

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