Female Face Mask (Mbuya ya Mukhetu)

Wood, pigment, and raffia | 29.2 x 36.2cm | Early/mid–20th century

Pende

Since the mid-20th century Pende masquerades have mainly been organized for entertainment, but they were previously charged with fostering communion between the living and the dead. Such performances occurred when the millet was sowed or harvested or...
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