PENDE ART, DRC

 

Eastern PENDE
Masks

 

Western PENDE
Masks

 

PENDE
Stools

 

Western PENDE
Masks

 Eastern PENDE
PUMBU Masks

 

PENDE
Figure 2

 Eastern PENDE
Masks

PENDE
Figure 3

PENDE
Misango Crowns

PENDE
Misango Crowns

Photographs © Bill Mrachek and Tim Hamill

The Pende people of the DRC are grouped into small kingdoms, which consolidate several clans under the rule of a chief whose main role is that of mediator with the ancestors. Even though the society is matrilineal, the sculptor's profession is transmitted from father to son. Pende art styles vary widely, with a more abstract, geometric style in the east and a more naturalistic one in the central area and to the west.

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