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The Mbuya masks of the Pende can represent a wide cast of characters ranging from sorcerers and chiefs to chiefly wives and temptresses. Made of wood and raffia, the masks are generally accompanied by a raffia skirt and dancers perform in both secular and sacred contexts. Performers would hold...

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1978, sold by Billo (?), Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pende peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 50 x 26 x 13 cm (19 11/16 x 10 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, paint, cloth, raffia, fiber (horse hair or thread?)


Africa and Oceania