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A Superb Pende Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 34,000 USD
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122
A Superb Pende Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 34,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A Superb Pende Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
mbuya, of hollowed oval form, the pointed chin beneath the small frowning mouth, the small pyramidal nose bisecting the pierced heavy lidded eyes beneath the V-shaped unibrow, with fiber headdress attached; exceptionally fine deep dark brown patina with traces of red pigment.
height 11 1/4 in. 28.6 cm
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Provenance

Collected by a member of the Jesuit order mission of Kwango, Democratic Republic of the Kongo
Collection of the Jesuit order at Bujumbura, Democratic Republic of the Kongo
Pierre Dartevelle, Brussels, acquired from the above
Joseph Henrion, Brussels, aqcuired from the above
Marc Leo Felix, Brussels
Helmut Stern, Ann Arbor

Exhibited

Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Spirits Embodied: Art of the Congo. Selections from the Helmut F. Stern Collection, October 1, 1999 - July 2, 2000

Literature

Evan M. Maurer and Niangi Batulukisi, Spirits Embodied: Art of the Congo. Selections from the Helmut F. Stern Collection, Minneapolis, 1999, pp. 90 and 93, cat. 29

Catalogue Note

For closely related masks cf. one in the New Orleans Museum of Art see Fagaly (1978: 21, fig. 2); a second acquired in 1913 by the Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren (Strother 1999: 26, figs. 10a and b); and a third sold at Sotheby's, New York, May 18, 1992, lot 44.

African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art

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