Panya Ngombe Lintel Mask, Pende Tribe, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classic, elongated wood carved mask with geometric shapes with white pigment around the border of the face. This mask, used by the Eastern Pende people of the DRC, is known as panya ngombe and represents a buffalo, symbol of authority and dignity. Characteristic of this type are a horizontally oriented form and an ornament consisting of a motif of relief triangles. These masks are associated with the insignia of important chiefs. They are flat as they are incorporated in the lintel of the chief's hut and not worn.
Acquired from the estate of Jacques Gansler
Dimensions: 19" W x 8.5" H