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Mask (Mbuya) of Chief (Phumbu)

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Pende (Western)
MEDIUM Wood, pigment, raffia, fiber
DATES late 19th-early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 17 5/16 x 11 in. (44.0 x 27.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos
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CAPTION Pende (Western). Mask (Mbuya) of Chief (Phumbu), late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, pigment, raffia, fiber, 17 5/16 x 11 in. (44.0 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 56.6.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.6.4_bw_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 56.6.4_bw_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Mask with dark yellow-beige facial portion, protruding forehead, up-turned nose. Scarification marks on cheeks and forehead, painted black and white. Woven mat at edges of chin, beard of curled raffia. Four pointed, black fibre headdress, white pigment on knobs at temples, eyes, and teeth. Continuous black eyebrow. CONDITION: Facial portion fair; headdress and beard poor.
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