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 Dance Mask
Object Name:
Mask, Dance, Ritual
Other Name:
Mask, Dance
Place of Origin:
Pende, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.

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.
Wooden dance mask with protruding forehead and raised brow, deepset down—cast slit eyes with slit centers, and heavy upper lids. Wedge—shaped nose, slit slightly protruding mouth and upper lip. Small coiffure atop head, long neck with diamond—shaped, criss—cross design. Black patina over entire surface.
Guy Mace Collection, (Turblex Company)
Wood W/Patina
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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