MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Pende Divination Puppet
Object Name:
Mask, Hand Puppet
Other Name:
Hand Puppet Mask
Place of Origin:
Pende, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 9—1/2"
W = 4"
D = 5—1/2"

Western Pende people use around fifteen different types of mask during their ceremonies. They all have down—cast eyes, a triangular nose and a protruding mouth which sometimes bears teeth.

The Pende were pushed northwards by the Lunda people during the 17th century, so they settled in a region near the Loango and Kasai Rivers.
Hand puppet mask, attached to a scissors action handle. Small brown face mask, with droopy large eyelids, wedge—shaped nose, protruding full slit lips, scarification on cheeks, heavily feathered headdress.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Raffia, Feathers and Paint
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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Close-up of FaceClose-up of Face
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