Lot: 44787th Tribal Art Auction
D. R. Congo, Pende
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Guy Schraenen, Antwerp, Belgium||H: 7.3 inch (mask)||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, reddish brown patina, black paint, kaolin, bonnet and remains of a costume form raffia bast, hairdo with dark plant fibre, min. dam., slight traces of abrasion, base. Mask type called "the female mask" or "gambanda". The dancer dresses like a beautiful young girl liable to become the trophy wife of a high-status male. The female mask dances to the rhythms of comtemporary popular dances and performs little comedies with a mirror and comb to suggest her vanity and preoccupation with appearance.