Female Face Mask

Female Face Mask

early 1900s

Wood, fiber

Overall: 27 x 22 x 28.5 cm (10 5/8 x 8 11/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2008.150

Description

Realized in typical Central Pende style, this mask is believed to represent gambanda, the chief's wife.
In light of Pende theories about gender and physiognomy, the mask is an ideal expression of a woman's facial features and thus reflects her calm, obedient, peaceful, and self-controlled demeanor. The intricate hairstyle consisting of hundreds of miniature braids imitates a once fashionable hairdo.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood, fiber

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