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Deformity Mask, Gabon, Pende Peoples

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: African: Pre 1960: Item # 1201279

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AfricAsia Primitive and Antiques
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La Borie
81170 Livers Cazelles, FRANCE
(0033) 6 32 63 98 15

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Rare "Mbangu" deformity mask, showing a distorted face. Wood, with traces of black and white pigments. Africa, Gabon, Pende Peoples. Height: 12" (30 cm). The mask is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Old accident restored locally, chips, age cracks, otherwise good condition. NOTE: Representations of distorted faces are rare in African art. They symbolize the effects of epileptic crisis, which are supposed to be a manifestation of the spirits. The use of black and white pigments enhances the distortion of the face.