Female Face Mask

Female Face Mask

early 1900s

Wood, plant fiber, and colorant

Overall: 27 x 22 x 28.5 cm (10 5/8 x 8 11/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2008.150


Realized in typical Central Pende style, this mask is believed to represent gambanda, the chief's wife. In light of Pende theories about gender and physiognomy, the mask is an ideal expression of a woman's facial features and thus reflects her calm, obedient, peaceful, and self-controlled demeanor. The intricate hairstyle consisting of hundreds of miniature braids imitates a once fashionable hairdo.

See also
African Art
African Art
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