Pende Pota mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo
wood, woven raffia, metal, pigment
18" tall (including braided fiber) x 9" wide at the widest part, 8" tall (wooden mask only)
mid 20th Century, signs of age and use
$2500 - SOLD
The Pota mask is a less commonly seen mask among the array of Pende masks.
"It is a forehead mask, secured in place by a pillbox hat. It performs with great variety and often performs manoeuvres associated
with other masks. In particular, because the dancer breathes easily and does not tire, Pota often takes over duties from Kipoko so
that it is described as "first minster" among the village masks." - "PENDE" by Z.S. Strother, published by 5 Continents.