Pende (Western). <em>Mask (Mbuya) of Chief (Phumbu)</em>, 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)

Mask (Mbuya) of Chief (Phumbu)


Medium: Wood, pigment, raffia, fiber

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th–early 20th century

Dimensions: 17 5/16 x 11 in. (44.0 x 27.9 cm)


Accession Number: 56.6.4

Image: 56.6.4_bw_SL1.jpg,

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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