Lot: 273

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Anthropomorphic mask "mbuya"

D. R. Congo, Pende

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Kegel-Konietzko, Hamburg, Germany
Peter Stoffers, Kiel, Germany
H: 12.2 inch 400 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

Originally, "mbuya" masks were used at initiation ceremonies "mukanda" to mark the end of male circumcision rituals.

Today, they perform at festivities in the villages for entertainment and serve to portray different characters and role models of the Pende society.