Pumbu a Mfumu Mask (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

19th-20th century
Pende
wood, polychrome
Democratic Republic of Congo
Overall: 33 1/2 × 11 3/4 × 13 1/2 in. (85.09 × 29.85 × 34.29 cm)
2003.171
Through its large scale and aggressive, fearsome eyes, this mask manifests the power and authority of a chief. It is said to represent the executioner. The pumbu a mfumu mask, owned by a Pende chief, is brought into play in response to social crises when the chief needs to exert control.
Gift of Robert and Nancy Nooter
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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