The art of Pende’s ethnic group is focused on the use of masks, statues and other cultic objects for the various rituals dedicated to call their ancestors or to propitiate fertility. In particular, the artist gives a lot of importance to expressivity and to accurate somatic features. In this way, masks are more realistic; finally they are decorated with colors and geometrical drawings finely crafted.
Mbangu Pende mask
Mbuya Pende mask
This is a Mbuya mask, that highlights Pende ethnic group’s skills. It is also characterized by a realistic depiction of the subject. The protruding forehead, the heavy eyelid and the eyebrows continuous line create an absent-minded yet elegant expression. Typical of these masks, long chins and necks are embellished with red geometrical motif.