Mask "giphogo" D. R. Congo, Pende wood, mat patina, black and red paint, kaolin, helmet-shaped, expressive face with big slit eyes and a trunk-like nose, disc-shaped flattened beard with zigzag ornaments, coiffure with knob-like projection, min. dam., small missing parts, on metal base; the mask "giphogo" forms part of the chief's treasure, and is kept in his residence together with other sacred objects. The masked figure represents the political leader and symbolizes ancestral power. H: 32…
Africa | Face mask "kindombolo" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, paint and pigment
Divination instrument "galukoji" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Bamboo, wood, mask with feathers | Objects like this are used in judical hearings. During consultation, the diviner would lay the instrument on his knees with the head facing up. He held it by inserting his finger at some point in the crossbars while names of individuals suspected of crimes were recited. In response to the mention of the culprit's name, the "galukoji" sprang upward, approaching the diviner's head.
mask 20C. (Top) dating germ .: Early 20th century Congo (country / region) Pende (ethnicity) Wood; bast Object dimension: H. 28 cm, W: 18 cm
Mask (Pumbu) Democratic Republic of the Congo Culture: Pende peoples Medium: Wood, pigments Dimensions: H. 35 7/8 x W. 12 3/4 x D. 12 7/8 in. (91.1 x 32.4 x 32.7 cm)