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African Carved Wooden Pende Mask - DRC

Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pende peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A finely carved wooden Pende mask presenting a dramatic visage comprised of a bulging forehead, a thick V-shaped brow line in relief, downturned eyes with openwork pupils, a slightly upturned nose with openwork flared nostrils, a delicate closed mouth with a larger upper lip, and a tapering chin. A pair of cylindrical ear/temple ornaments protrudes just past the corner of each eye. Perforations on the head above the forehead suggest that a coiffure was once attached. Perforations around the periphery were once used for attaching costume or ornaments. Wonderful patina, areas of craquelure to pigmented or anointed surface, and other signs of age. Size: 6.25" W x 10.25" H (15.9 cm x 26 cm); 16.125" H (41 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: The coiffure is missing. Losses to the chin and high point areas. Expected surface wear with scuffs, nicks, inactive insect damage, and abraded areas as shown commensurate with age. Nice patina.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection, ex-Christian Duponcheel, Belgium

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