MBUYA, "maladie" illness mask, PENDE, D.R. Congo, approx. 1970

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Mighty MBUYA "maladie" mask of the Congolese PENDE tribe. The black-white separation symbolises the earthly (the dark part) and the supernatural (the white). The mouth is askew on the side and the eyes and nose are somewhat twisted as well. The ears often too. Masks like these were used during rituals aimed at curing or preventing diseases. Picasso was a big fan of this style of (among others) the Pende, and he travelled there multiple times in the 1920s. He has clearly incorporated the style of (among others) the Pende in his paintings. This mask, with slight traces of use and aging, is in good condition.

Length: 27,5 cm
Width: 21,5 cm
Weight: 324 grams
Origin: D.R. Congo
Date: approx. 1970
Provenance: approx. 1970

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