Lot 197: A fine Eastern Pende Panya Ngombe mask

People: Eastern Pende
DR Congo
H: 10 1/4" x W: 22"
Of highly cubistic form, the mask with thrust back ears, wide high arching brows over elongated swollen eyes, the nose straight and the mouth jutting forward displaying the teeth. The beard area with shallow triangular carving, once with white infill. Overall red surface with dusky variegated patina. On a custom base.

Collected in Congo prior to 1970 by Lawson Mooney, former Director of Catholic Aid Agencies; Dr. Kenneth Adelman, former US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, and one time member of USAID, Zaire, c. 1975; A NY Private collection.

Price Realized: $400

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