ORIGINAL PENDE DEFORMED NOSE MASK AFRICAN ORIGINAL CIRCUMCISION CEREMONIAL WOOD For Sale
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ORIGINAL PENDE DEFORMED NOSE MASK AFRICAN ORIGINAL CIRCUMCISION CEREMONIAL WOOD :
ORIGINAL DEFORMED NOSE CIRCUMCISION WOOD ETHNOGRAPHIC MASK
Type of Object: African mask, face Ethnic Group: Pende Mgbangu Country of Origin: Dr Congo Materials: Wood, Pigment Approximate Age: 40 yrs Dimensions:10.0” x 7.0” x 4.0” Weight: 349 g; 0.8 lbs; 12.3 oz Overall Condition: Used, Very
Good-brown rag/cloth was removed from the mask. White dots with some abrasion on deformed nose. Of the fifteen forms of circumcision dance masks this deformation mask depicts an epileptic or mbangu. Other tribes with similar deformation types masks are the Makua from Tanzania and the Ibibio of Nigeria. The Pende tribe are mostly farmers who are not governed by a central authority, but pay allegiance to family chiefs who are sometimes assisted by various nobles. Young men are organized into age groups and pass through initiation stages, including circumcision at adolescence. Pende art is divided into many aesthetic traditions.
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